The Daily Telegraph

‘Collision with whale’ kills five in New Zealand

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Five people have died off the coast of New Zealand after their boat apparently collided with a surfacing whale.

The vessel was taking tourists on a birdwatchi­ng trip near the town of Kaikoura on the South Island when the accident happened. Locals said it was unlikely the 28ft-long vessel had hit debris such as driftwood because there was no damage to its hull.

There was speculatio­n instead that it had been flipped over by a large whale.

Nearly half the world’s whale and dolphin species are found in New Zealand waters.

Eleven people, including the skipper, were on the vessel when it capsized on Saturday in Goose Bay near Kaikoura.

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