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Loss of power disables cruise ship in Buzzards Bay

Sep 8, 2018 08:56 AM

Coast Guard crews surround Star Pride until it regains propulsion

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) — Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched Friday after the cruise ship Star Pride became disabled about two miles off the coast of Cuttyhunk.

The captain of Star Pride called watch standers at Sector Southeastern New England at about 3:20 p.m., reporting the ship lost power and was disabled.

Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched and surrounded the vessel the ensure the safety of the passengers and crew of the ship.

The crew of Star Pride was able to safely anchor outside the channel and regained power at about 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard has ordered the vessel to have a Coast Guard inspection prior to completing its scheduled trip to Manhattan. Under tug escort, Star Pride will moor up in Newport to await inspectors.

“The inspections will ensure the safety of the passengers and crew before they conclude their voyage to Manhattan,” said Capt. Chris Glander, commander of Sector Southeastern New England.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The cruise ship has 191 passengers and 160 crewmembers aboard.

Units involved in the response include:

Station Woods Hole

Station Menemsha

Station Cape Cod Canal

Coast Guard cutter Cobia

Air Station Cape Cod

Buzzards Bay Task Force

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