Whale watching boat snagged by lobster trap rope

BOSTON (AP) — Whale watchers are taking the long way back to Boston after their boat was snagged by a lobster trap rope.

Boston Harbor Cruises passenger Ken Maguire says they expected to be back Monday around 4:30 p.m. but about 10 minutes into the return trip their boat stopped after apparently hitting something.

Coast Guard Petty Officer MeyonHi Clegg says the boat's propeller became entangled in a lobster trap rope about 15 miles offshore. She says the cruise company couldn't remove the rope and passengers are being taken back on another of its boats. She says a Coast Guard cutter has been standing by.

No injuries have been reported.

Maguire says passengers were told they'll get refunds and other assistance.

The boat company hasn't returned a phone message seeking comment.

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