More than 80 people were injured after a high-speed boat collided with a “marine creature” off the northwest coast of Japan, the Coast Guard said.
The boat was carrying 121 passengers during the collision, injuring 87 people. Five passengers had to be airlifted to a hospital but they remained conscious. The crew of the high-speed boat told officials that “it hit the object which appeared to be a marine creature.” The Coast Guard dispatched boats and helicopters to investigate the cause of the collision, but they have yet to find the alleged animal or any other cause of the crash. The incident occurred between Niigata and Sado Island, off Japan’s northwest coast.