Boston tour boat hits six sailboats after mechanical failure

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) — The passenger vessel Odyssey experienced mechanical failure off Rowe’s Wharf in Boston Harbor and struck six sailboats in the mooring field just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

The incident occurred while Odyssey was getting underway for a harbor cruise with 328 passengers on board.

The Coast Guard launched a crew from Station Boston to verify safety of all people involved and the condition of vessels. No injuries, significant damage or pollution have been reported. 

“The Coast Guard, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police and Boston Fire Department immediately responded to ensure no one was hurt," said Capt. Claudia Gelzer, Sector Boston captain of the port. "We are investigating the cause to prevent future accidents.” 

The Coast Guard investigation into the cause of the failure is pending. Alcohol testing of the operator was completed on site.

By Professional Mariner Staff