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Rogue waves cripple Boston ferry

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To keep people calm, a Berklee College of Music student played trumpet until help arrived. (Source: WBZ/CNN) To keep people calm, a Berklee College of Music student played trumpet until help arrived. (Source: WBZ/CNN)

BOSTON (WBZ/CNN) - Cell phone video captured the chaos as a ferry carrying 42 passengers heading back to Boston from Provincetown, MA, was rammed by what the ferry company calls a highly unusual and very large set of waves on Wednesday.

It broke a pair of windows in the pilot house, 20 feet above the water line. Witnesses described one giant wave as being "like a big bang."

A lot of water came down from the ceiling. Broken glass cut up the captain's hand.

A witness said, "It was it was like that scene in The Perfect Storm when the boat just dives down."

The seawater shut down the engine computer systems.

"It was insane," another witness said. "At some point, I really thought I was going to die."

A trio of Coast Guard boats rushed to the scene, about five miles off the coast of Scituate.

Ariel Shrum stayed calm and earned a reputation on board. "He played trumpet for us. It was fabulous!" a woman shouted. The Berklee College of Music student played trumpet until help arrived.

About three and a half hours later, and on one engine, the Provincetown 4 limped back to port.

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