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Whale watching cruise boat caught by lobster trap rope on return to Boston, delayed for hours

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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