Coast Guard responds to whale watchers injured by wave

BOSTON — The Coast Guard responded to a report of injuries aboard a whale watching boat in Provincetown, Mass., May 16, 2011.

The crew of the 106-foot boat, Whale Watcher, from Barnstable, Mass., notified Coast Guard Station Provincetown at 10:23 a.m., that five high school students suffered injuries after a 5-7 foot wave struck the bow of the vessel during a whale watching tour about five miles north of Race Point, Mass.

The students were on the bow when the wave hit and sustained minor injuries.

The master of the Whale Watcher moored the vessel at the MacMillan Warf in Provincetown, where they were met by local EMS and transported the injured students to the hospital. Station Provincetown personnel also met the crew to investigate the cause of the injuries.

The Whale Watcher has departed the pier and plans to continue the tour.

The on scene weather was six-foot seas with 31-mile per hour winds gusting up to 35-miles per hour.

The name of the school in unknown.

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