87 injured after boat collides with ‘marine creature’ in Japan

The boat was carrying 121 passengers during the collision on Saturday that occurred between Niigata and Sado islands, according to the Coast Guard from the Niigata prefecture.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Mar 2019  11:30 amUpdated: 10th Mar 2019  11:05 am
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Coast guard crew investigate the damage of a ferry which collided at a port in Sado city, Niigata prefecture, Sunday, March 10, 2019. A ferry collided with what apparently was a marine animal off a Japanese island on Saturday, injuring more than 80 people, local media reported. The accident happened just after noon off Sado Island, Kyodo News agency reported, citing Japan's coast guard. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo: At least 87 people were injured after a high-speed passenger boat collided with a “marine creature” in Japan, the country’s Coast Guard told CNN.

The boat was carrying 121 passengers during the collision on Saturday that occurred between Niigata and Sado islands, according to the Coast Guard from the Niigata prefecture.

The crew of the high-speed vessel told officials that “it hit the object (which appeared) to be a marine creature”.

The Coast Guard dispatched vessels and helicopters to investigate the cause of the collision, but they have yet to find the alleged animal or any other cause of the collision.