Whale watching boat snagged by lobster trap rope

BOSTON (AP) — Divers have freed a whale watch boat that got stuck off the coast of Massachusetts, and the vessel could soon be headed back to shore after its 157 passengers spent a long night at sea.

Coast Guard Petty Officer MyeongHi (mee-YUN'-yee) Clegg says divers managed early Tuesday to disentangle the boat's propeller from a lobster trap rope about 15 miles offshore.

Clegg says crews are doing a final inspection and if all goes well the vessel will be escorted back to Boston, though it will be operating on only one propeller.

Ken Maguire, one of the passengers on the Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch, said they expected to be back Monday around 4:30 p.m., but about 10 minutes into the return trip, the boat stopped after apparently hitting something.

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