BOSTON – 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.