Operator: Stranded boat was in restricted area

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 1:32 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The operator of a whale watch boat that was stranded overnight off the coast of Massachusetts with 157 passengers says the vessel was in a restricted area when it became entangled in a mooring cable.

Boston Harbor Cruises said in a statement Tuesday that it would cooperate with the Coast Guard's investigation of what happened.

The whale watch came to an abrupt stop Monday afternoon after one of the propellers on the 83-foot vessel got ensnared on the cable that is used to secure large commercial tankers.

Divers finally freed the boat and it returned to port Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported, but a passenger says many others became seasick during the long wait.

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Associated Press writer Rodrique Ngowi contributed to this report.

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