The Japan Coast Guard said Sunday that five people were injured after a high-speed boat, on its way from Kagoshima to Yakushima, apparently collided with a whale.
The collision occurred at 9 a.m., disabling the Toppy 1, TBS reported. The boat was carrying 189 passengers and crew. After the collision, the captain radioed for help and the coast guard towed the boat back to Kagoshima on Sunday afternoon.
Blood was spotted in the water around the vessel after the collision, leading authorities to conclude that it hit a whale.
One passenger was quoted by TBS as saying that she immediately thought of the Titanic after the boat came to a halt following the collision.© Japan Today