Family's Boat Collides With Humpback

Incident off the Alaska coast resulted in serious injuries
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2020 2:40 AM CDT
Family's Boat Collides With Whale
A humpback whale surfaces in the Saint Lawrence River in the Old Port of Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020.   (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Several members of a family were left with severe injuries after their boat collided with a humpback whale off the coast of Juneau, Alaska, KTUU reports. The four boaters were outside of Auke Bay, on the west side of Coghlan Island, Saturday when the whale unexpectedly surfaced in front of the 21-foot skiff and the operator could not avoid it, the Anchorage Daily News reports. They returned to shore and went to a hospital, where two people were treated and discharged the same day. A third person was flown to another hospital for treatment. NOAA Fisheries has not yet received any reports of injured or dead humpbacks in the area, but is asking the public to report it if they see one. (Read more Alaska stories.)

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