Tour boat in Mexico hits whale or whale shark, 6 wounded

Authorities in Mexico say a small tour boat hit a whale or a whale shark off the Baja California Sur coastal town of La Paz, injuring six people

LA PAZ, Mexico – A small Mexican tour boat hit a whale or a whale shark off Baja California Sur coastal town of La Paz, injuring half a dozen people, authorities said Saturday.

The State Civil Defense Office posted a video clip showing the open boat, which had an awning, hit something in open water. The boat smokes out of the water with sufficient force to throw at least one passenger through the awning and possibly off the vessel.

The office said three children on board the vessel sustained minor injuries, but two adults were hospitalized after the accident, which occurred Friday. The office said another person on board the vessel was taken by Navy personnel to a clinic for treatment.

Mexican rules require boats involved in whale watching to stay at a safe distance from the creatures, but the boat involved in Friday’s incident did not appear to be involved in whale watching – or watch out for whales.

The Civil Defense states that the accident is under investigation. The video and the jump that the boat took after hitting the creature suggest that it was going at high speed.

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