Boat crashes into ‘whale’ in Japan – 5 injured

Five people were slightly injured Sunday morning after a high-speed boat they were on crashed into what appeared to be a whale off Kagoshima Prefecture, according to a local coast guard office. Two passengers and three crew members suffered blows to their shoulders or hips when the 140-ton vessel collided with what appeared to be a whale shortly before 9 a.m. on its way from Kagoshima to Yakushima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, the Kagoshima Coast Guard Office said.
The ship left the prefectural capital at 7:45 a.m., carrying about 190 people. It was traveling at about 80 kph at the time of the accident, two kilometers west of Sata Cape.

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