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Cruise Ship, Fishing Boat Collide Near Nantucket

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Norwegian Pearl came into contact with the Gabby G, a fishing vessel, off the coast of Nantucket early Saturday morning

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

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

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A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed in a statement to NBC10 Boston that a "small unidentified fishing vessel made contact with Norwegian Pearl while she was sailing to Bermuda."

The Norwegian Pearl was "thoroughly assessed" and given clearance by the Coast Guard to continue on her seven-day voyage as planned, the spokesperson said.

The Gabby G, however, reported some damages to the bow and was towed to New Bedford, arriving around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the cruise line spokesperson and Coast Guard officials said.

A picture of the fishing vessel docked following the incident appears to show some of that damage.

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

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

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

"There was a huge thump that woke us and then the shipped rolled drastically in a couple of directions," Jim Warner wrote in an email to the station. "The fog was incredibly thick and visibility was 0. It happened at 1:30am and we were under way again by 4:30am."

Warner, who noted the only casualty was a little bit less sleep for everyone, shared pictures of the ship's tender in the water investigating around 3 a.m.

Tender investigating after the Norwegian Pearl and a fishing vessel collided early Saturday morning off the coast of Nantucket.
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