Cruise ship adrift in Buzzards Bay to dock in Newport overnight

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WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to Buzzards Bay Friday afternoon after a cruise ship went adrift.

Coast Guard officials said no injuries have been reported in connection with the incident. The 376-foot cruise ship named the “Star Pride” has 350 people on board.

According to a spokesperson for the cruise line, Wind Star Cruises, the Star Pride experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems around 3 p.m., which caused an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines while passing through Buzzards Bay.

The spokesperson said the cruise is still anchored and ship operations have returned to normal. Power was restored to the ship around 5:30 p.m.

The cruise line’s spokesperson said no one was at risk at any time when the ship’s engine systems were shut down. The ship was utilizing the emergency generator to keep essential safety systems in operation and to power the navigational equipment.

The Star Pride, according to the spokesperson, is currently on a 17-day cruise from Reykjavik to New York. The Coast Guard said the cruise ship will be escorted by a tug boat and will dock in Newport overnight until the ship is inspected.

“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.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

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