Container Ship Breaks Free, Drifts Into Boston Harbor

SOUTH BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Coast Guard crews were called early Wednesday morning after a container ship broke from its mooring and began drifting off into Boston Harbor. 

All twelve lines securing the container ship "Helsinki Bridge" to the Connolly Terminal in South Boston broke, sending the ship adrift some time around 12:45 a.m.--but Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Barressi told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens said crews responded in a hurry.

"Those tugs got there very quickly," he said. "The crew was able to get on board, along with the pilot. It wasn't really drifting wildly out of control or anything like that."

The ship didn't hit anything, nobody was hurt, and there was no environmental damage.

It was taken to Broad Sound, between Nahant and Winthrop, and anchored there.

Investigators are still trying to find out what caused the lines to break.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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