Coast Guard Assists Disabled Whale Watch Vessel


Passengers aboard the 83′ Boston-based whale watch boat Cetacea got an unexpected overnight trip on Cape Cod Bay when the vessel’s propeller became entangled approximately 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts, on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification at approximately 4:30 p.m. that the 83’ passenger vessel Cetacea had a line entangled in its propeller and was disabled with 163 people aboard. The “line” later turned out to be a cable from the Northeast Gateway’s offshore facility. Removal of the cable required additional resources and heavy equipment. Meanwhile, the passengers were forced to remain aboard the Cetacea through the night after the Coast Guard determined that transferring them to another vessel would be unsafe.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, and a Coast Guard Station Gloucester small-boat crew responded to the scene. The Escanaba provided medical personnel to evaluate the passengers and crew.

At about 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, divers aboard the vessels Bunker Hill and Scarlett Isabella freed the cable from the Cetacea‘s propeller, and the Tybee escorted the Cetacea to Boston. All passengers safely disembarked the vessel around 8:00 a.m. at Long Warf.