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Entangled dock line blamed for tall ship crash

The owner of a tall ship that crashed into four other boats in Rhode Island after a seafood festival is blaming the incident on a dock line that became entangled on its two propellers.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry crashed Sunday in Newport Harbor. No one was injured.

On Monday, the 200-foot, three-mast ship was still blocking a channel into the Newport Yacht Club, preventing a cruise ship from disembarking passengers.

The group that owns the ship says the engine lost power after its propellers became entangled, but did not run aground. The Coast Guard had said on Sunday that the ship had run aground.

Ownership says it's working with the Coast Guard to work out a way to move it safely.

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