63 people on whale-watching boat stuck off Massachusetts coast

By Tina Burnside and Holly Yan

(CNN) -- After more than 12 hours stuck at sea, passengers aboard a whale-watching boat off the Massachusetts coast could reach land Tuesday.

The 163 people aboard the Cetacea found themselves stuck after a line got tangled in the vessel's propeller Monday afternoon, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The 83-foot boat was about 13 miles (21 miles) east of Nahant, Massachusetts.

On Tuesday morning, the line entangling the propeller was released, Coast Guard Petty Officer MyeongHi Clegg said.

Three Coast Guard crews were on the scene, with one vessel offering medical support as needed. Clegg said two people became sick, but their illnesses were not considered serious.

Coast Guard members and Boston Harbor Cruises were conducting checks to ensure the boat's safety before it heads back to shore, Clegg said. The Coast Guard vessel Tybee will help escort the boat.

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