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Boat stranded during whale watch tour runs aground

In the late July incident, the Cetacea became entangled on a floating cable, forcing 163 passengers to spend the night at sea.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

In the late July incident, the Cetacea became entangled on a floating cable, forcing 163 passengers to spend the night at sea.

The same Boston Harbor Cruises vessel that was stranded overnight during a whale watch tour last month became stuck on a sandbar for a few hours in Lynn Harbor Wednesday night, officials said.

The Cetacea was headed from Boston to Lynn, with 10 passengers and four crew members aboard, when it hit a sandbar at low tide around 8:20 p.m., the US Coast Guard said in a statement. About two hours later, the boat was able to float away from the sandbar with the arrival of a high tide. It returned to the Lynn ferry terminal 90 minutes after its scheduled arrival.

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No injuries or significant damages were reported. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding.

According to a statement by Boston Harbor Cruises, the captain operating the Cetacea was not the same one in charge during the overnight stranding July 28 east of Nahant, where the Cetacea became entangled on a floating cable, forcing 163 passengers to spend the night at sea.

Boston Harbor Cruises said the captain was a longtime employee with a strong safety record.

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“The Captain in last night’s incident has been with the company for over 20 years with a perfect safety record,” the statement said. “Last evening’s grounding during low tide was unfortunate and embarrassing, however we are thankful that the 10 passengers and 4 crew members were not hurt.”

Boston Harbor Cruises said it plans to issue all 10 passengers gift certificates to compensate for the inconvenience, according to the company’s statement.

Related:

7/29: Passengers stranded, sickened after vessel snarls at sea

7/30: Coast Guard investigating whale-watch boat stranding

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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