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After mishap, Norwegian Getaway sets sail with Coast Guard OK

The Norwegian Getaway is shown sailing toward PortMiami’s turning basin late Saturday night after getting Coast Guard clearance to depart.
The Norwegian Getaway is shown sailing toward PortMiami’s turning basin late Saturday night after getting Coast Guard clearance to depart. Miami Herald

A stalled sailboat started a chain of events that kept the Miami-based Norwegian Getaway in port for several extra hours Saturday.

The 3,969-passenger vessel was leaving PortMiami around 6:15 p.m. for a weeklong Caribbean sailing when it had to maneuver around a powerless sailboat in the middle of the channel, according to a statement from the cruise line.

Getaway’s starboard side pod, which contains a propeller, “may have made contact with the channel bed,” the statement said.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship returned to port for a dive inspection “as a precautionary safety measure.”

The U.S. Coast Guard performed an inspection and ultimately cleared the ship to leave around 11 p.m.; it could be seen heading toward the port’s turning basin a short time later. Getaway, which launched in 2014, is expected to arrive in St. Maarten on Tuesday as scheduled.

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