Students Injured in Whale Watch Accident
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011: The Coast Guard has responded to a report of minor injuries aboard a whale-watch boat in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The crew of the 106’ Whale Watcher out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, notified Coast Guard Station Provincetown at 10:23 a.m., that 5 high school students had suffered leg injuries after a 5’ to 7’ wave struck the bow of the vessel during a whale-watch tour about 5 miles north of Race Point.
The students were on the bow when the wave hit.
The master of the Whale Watcher moored the vessel at MacMillan Warf in Provincetown, where the students were met by local EMS and transported to the hospital. Station Provincetown personnel also met the crew to investigate the cause of the injuries.
The Whale Watcher then departed the pier with plans to continue the tour.
The on-scene weather was 6′ seas with 31 mph winds gusting up to 35 mph.
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