UPDATED: Coast Guard, local agencies respond to disabled cruise ship in Buzzards Bay

– The Coast Guard is reporting that they are responding to a disabled cruise ship in Buzzards Bay as of 3:50 PM. The Buzzards Bay Marine Task Force has also been activated. A photo from Mass Environmental Police shows the vessel is the Star Pride. The 438 foot vessel is operated by Windstar Luxury Cruises and can reportedly carry 212 passengers. Reports say the vessel lost power and was adrift. No injuries were reported.

About 5:45 PM, the Coast Guard reported the vessel had regained power but would remain at anchor for the time being while the cause of the power loss was investigated.

Statement from Coast Guard late Friday evening: Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched Friday after the cruise ship, Star Pride, became disabled about two miles off the coast of Cuttyhunk.

The captain of the Star Pride called watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England at about 3:20 p.m., reporting the ship lost power and was disabled.

Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched and surrounded the vessel the ensure the safety of the passengers and crew of the ship.

The crew of the Star Pride was able to safely anchor outside the channel and regained power at about 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard has ordered the vessel to have a Coast Guard inspection prior to completing its scheduled trip to Manhattan. Under tug escort, the Star Pride will moor up in Newport to await inspectors.

“The inspections will ensure the safety of the passengers and crew before they conclude their voyage to Manhattan,” said Capt. Chris Glander, commander of Sector Southeastern New England.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation

The cruise ship has 191 passengers and 160 crewmembers aboard.

Units involved in the response include:

Station Woods Hole

Station Menemsha

Station Cape Cod Canal

Coast Guard Cutter Cobia

Air Station Cape Cod

Buzzards Bay Task Force

737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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