The U.S. Coast Guard says a cruise ship that became disabled off the Massachusetts coast is docking in Rhode Island and must be inspected before it can continue on its way to New York.

The Star Pride carrying 351 people became stranded at about 3.15pm Friday in Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, the MV Times reported.

The Star Pride was stranded off Massachusetts for several hours after suddenly losing power to its engines. Power was eventually restored with no injuries reported.
After becoming disabled, the ship was said to have drifted for about two miles as its pilots were said to have been worried about dropping anchor on undersea cables that provided power to nearby Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts.

‘We felt some vibrations, and the vibrations last five to 10 seconds, and then we lost propulsion power and all the electrical power,’ passenger Jose Kirchener told Boston 25 News

The cruise operators said that the passengers and crew were never at risk and that, ‘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,’ according to NBC Connecticut

Windstar Cruises, which operates the Star Pride, said in a statement that the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines. Stranded passengers seen above.

Windstar Cruises said the cause of the shutdown was identified and addressed.

The company said all ship operations, including propulsion, have returned to normal. Guests were being served dinner. No injuries were reported.

Photos: WXFT 

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