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Cruise ship with 350 people onboard loses power temporarily in Buzzards Bay

The US Coast Guard was responding Friday afternoon to a disabled cruise ship that has 350 people onboard in Buzzards Bay, an official said.David Curran for the Boston Globe

A cruise ship with 350 people on board became disabled in Buzzards Bay on Friday afternoon after experiencing engine failure, prompting a US Coast Guard response, officials said.

According to a statement from Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, the engine systems for the Star Pride ship “experienced a loss of cooling water” at about 3 p.m, which caused an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines.

Power was restored by 5:30 p.m. and the ship’s propulsion was returned to normal, according to the company. As of 6:40 p.m., it was anchored in calm seas.

Initially, the ship was allowed to intentionally drift in the bay so it would not harm marine life, according to Windstar.


“At no time were the 191 passengers and 160 crew and ship at risk,” read the company’s statement.

The Coast Guard was notified that the vessel became disabled about 2 miles off the coast of Cuttyhunk around 3:20 p.m., officials said in a statement Friday night. Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force responded to ensure the safety of those aboard.

The ship’s crew was able to safely anchor outside the channel and regained power at about 5 p.m., Coast Guard officials said. No injuries were reported.

Windstar Cruises said “the cause of the shutdown was identified and addressed.” Coast Guard officials said the cause is under investigation.

The Star Pride is on a 17-day cruise from Iceland to New York, according to the company. The ship will have to moor up in Newport to undergo a Coast Guard inspection, officials said, before it can continue on to Manhattan.

During the time the ship was without propulsion, “the Star Pride was on emergency generator power including power to navigational equipment and essential safety systems as well as basic comforts for the passengers and crew,” the company said in a statement.


Globe correspondent Jackson Cote contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.