A bird-watching boat trip turns into a tragedy, most likely due to a collision with a whale: it happened in New Zealand, where an 8.5-meter boat capsized in Goose Bay – near the town of Kaikoura, in the South Island – and five people died, rescued by police divers who rescued six others. When the boat capsized, there were 11 people on board, police clarified, while Craig Mackle, the mayor of Kaikoura, told national radio broadcaster Rnz that the possible cause of the tragic sinking would be linked to the collision. of the small boat with a whale. For now, the police have not confirmed this version, limiting themselves to talking about a collision, without providing further details on the causes. But Mackle seemed confident in his version, noting that he had long feared, the Guardian says, the possibility of a similar incident, given the large number of sperm whales in the area.
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On board the boat, according to the reconstruction of the mayor of the coastal town, there was a group of New Zealand women, all over 50, who had rented the boat from a local company. Kaikoura police sergeant Matt Boyce spoke of an “unprecedented event”, explaining that the police rescued the people involved, as reported by the New Zealand Herald. And the sad work of identifying the victims is underway. “There was a person sitting on the upturned boat waving his arms for help,” a witness, Vanessa Chapman, who with a group of friends witnessed the rescue operations in Goose Bay, from a lookout on the coast, told local media. where it stopped..
Kaikoura is a popular whale watching destination, with numerous companies offering boat or helicopter tours to visitors eager to see whales, dolphins, birds and marine life up close. The National Coastal and Inland Waterways Agency, Maritime New Zealand, said it had sent two investigators to the site and will carry out a thorough investigation once the recovery efforts are complete.CopyAMP code