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Tugboats Free Grounded Liner

Tugboats worked freed a 600-foot luxury liner that ran aground in the middle of the night on a shoal near Nantucket Island, after chartered ferries carried its passengers ashore.

The Royal Majesty got stuck 10 miles east of Nantucket late Saturday, while returning from Bermuda to Boston with 959 passengers and a crew of more than 500.

No one was hurt or in danger, and the ship apparently was undamaged, said the Coast Guard and the ship’s owner, Majesty Cruise Line.

But the Royal Majesty, viewed from the air, was visibly listing. It needs 27 feet of water to float, but its bow was stuck in just 11 feet of water.

The Coast Guard was investigating how the ship ran aground.



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