Coast Guard – NBC Boston


A cruise ship bound for Bermuda was delayed after hitting a fishing boat off Nantucket on Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Departing Boston, the Norwegian Pearl came into contact with a fishing vessel, the Gabby G, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Coast Guard officials.

A Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson confirmed in a statement to NBC10 Boston that an “unidentified small fishing vessel made contact with the Norwegian Pearl while sailing to Bermuda.”

The Norwegian Pearl has been “carefully assessed” and cleared by the Coast Guard to continue its seven-day voyage as planned, the spokesperson said.

The Gabby G, however, reported damage to the bow and was towed to New Bedford, where it arrived around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the cruise line spokesman and Coast Guard officials said.

A photo of the fishing boat moored after the incident appears to show some of this damage.

The Gabby G, pictured here, made contact with the Norwegian Pearl early Saturday morning off Nantucket.

According to officials, a minor injury was reported on board the Gabby G, a cut that was treated on the boat. No injuries were reported on board the cruise ship.

An NBC10 Boston and NECN employee who is on board the Norwegian Pearl said the fishing boat struck just below his cabin.

“There was a huge thud that woke us up and then the cargo rolled drastically in multiple directions,” Jim Warner wrote in an email to the station. “The fog was incredibly thick and the visibility was zero. It happened at 1.30am and we were on our way again at 4.30am.”

Warner, who noted that the single casualty was a bit less sleepy for everyone else, shared photos of the ship’s tender in the water investigating around 3 a.m.

Tender investigating the collision between the Norwegian Pearl and a fishing boat early Saturday morning off Nantucket.


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