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Cruise Ship Bound for Manhattan Gets Stuck in Hudson River

May 5, 2014

On Sunday morning, a cruise ship got stuck in the Hudson River for several hours when one of the vessel's thrusters malfunctioned, officials said.

The Coast Guard said Breakaway, a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship, reported a problem with its steering system at around 7:40 a.m., NBC New York reports. The Coast Guard sent a tug to assist the boat, which was towed to Pier 88 on West 48th Street, docking just after 10 a.m., after the tide had changed. A passenger aboard the ship said the Breakaway was returning from a seven-day Caribbean cruise and had been scheduled to unload at the pier at about 7:30 a.m. The arrival delay caused some passengers to miss connections home, Newsday reports, and the ship’s next departure was pushed back about an hour.

Passengers said the ship’s decks became uncomfortably crowded during the delay with passengers and their luggage, and they said there could have been better information about the delay. Cindy Petrillo of North Haven, Connecticut, said, "People were getting nasty toward the end,” according to Newsday.

In a statement released Sunday, Norwegian Cruise Lines said the ship had been delayed because of "strong currents in the Hudson River." "We thank our guests for their patience and understanding," the statement read, NBC New York reports. The company's website says that the Breakaway is "the largest cruise ship ever to home port year-round in New York City."

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