UPDATE: Whale Watchers Home After Three Hour Cruise Turns into Overnight Nightmare
By Brian Shields
Tue Jul 29th, 2014 4:05am America/Los_Angeles
BOSTON (AP) — Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea about 15 miles off Massachusetts.
The vessel docked in Boston shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, more than 17 hours after leaving on what was supposed to be a three-hour voyage.
hey weren’t castaways, but like the tourists on Gilligan’s Island, a group of whale watchers expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a lobster trap rope off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea.
The Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch vessel was freed early Tuesday and was undergoing a final inspection before being allowed to return to shore with its 157 passengers, the Coast Guard said.
One of the boat’s propellers became entangled Monday on the rope about 15 miles offshore. Divers hired by the vessel’s owner succeeded in freeing the boat, Coast Guard Petty Officer MyeongHi Clegg told The Associated Press.
No injuries were reported, but Ken Maguire, a passenger who was on the whale watch with his wife and two daughters, says many passengers became seasick during the long wait.
The ordeal was an adventure for 8-year-old Colter Bawden, of Newmarket, Ontario, who says he had never spent the night at sea before.
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