Passenger injured in tour boat crash with humpback whale still hospitalized
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Friday, August 11, 2017 3:42PM PDT
A passenger injured after a whale-watching vessel hit a humpback whale off the coast of Victoria earlier this week is still in hospital, but expected to be released this weekend.
Prince of Whales Whale Watching told CTV News Friday that the passenger is still recovering from injuries suffered during the collision, but did not confirm what kind of injuries they were.
Another passenger was also injured in the incident but was released from hospital shortly after.
The crash happened Monday, when one of the company’s smaller zodiac vessels was observing a humpback whale near Race Rocks.
After moving away from that animal, another humpback whale that hadn’t been seen surfaced for air unexpectedly right in front of the boat.
The vessel launched off the air at an estimated speed of between 24 and 28 knots, injuring the two passengers and causing the captain to suffer an ankle injury.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it doesn’t believe the whale was injured, but other whale-watching vessels have been keeping an eye out for it.
Neither the DFO nor Transport Canada have launched an investigation.