8 injured in boats collision in New Zealand

09:12, February 06, 2011      

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A dolphin-watching vessel collided with a boat full of Outward Bound students in the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand on Saturday, injuring eight people.

Police said 11 students were paddling around Queen Charlotte Sound in a seven-meter long cutter, when a Dolphin Watch Ecotours boat approached at just after 02:00 p.m. local time on Saturday.

The students tried to warn the skipper of the 13-meter long boat that the vessels were about to collide.

Dolphin Watch Ecotours said it has no idea how the crash happened, but it suspects the students' boat was outside its skipper's vision.

The company's director, Glen McNeilly, said it is carrying out an inquiry with Maritime New Zealand.

Two of the students were flown to Wellington Hospital, but one has now been discharged with a sprained ankle.

Another six suffered cuts and bruising and were treated at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, four of them are expected to be discharged on Saturday evening.

No one on board the dolphin watching boat was injured.

Police said the seven metre long cutter was virtually destroyed.

Source: Xinhua
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