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Whale Crashes Into Boat Full of Baja Tourists, Killing Woman

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 11:45 AM

A whale crashed into a tourist boat off the coast of Mexico at the southern tip of Baja California, killing a Canadian woman who was thrown from the vessel and injuring two others.

Jennifer Carren, 35, was pronounced dead at a Mexican hospital after she was recovered from the water in the bay of Cabo San Lucas, the tour company Cabo Aventura told Agence France-Presse. Cabo Aventura told authorities the whale jumped from the water in front of the boat and then hit the vessel's side, knocking the woman into the water.

The captain of the boat and another tourist jumped into the water in an attempt to save Carren, Cabo Aventura told AFP.

"The confusingly worded statement from the tour company appeared to suggest that the victim fell into the water during the collision," wrote Jo Tuckman of The Guardian. "Once she was pulled back into the boat, it said, she immediately received mouth to mouth resuscitation from another tourist who happened to be a qualified nurse before naval rescue paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital."

"Two other injured tourists were also taken to hospital – one was later released and the other's life was not in danger," Tuckman reported.

The Guardian noted that Mexican officials had reported the same day that a high number of grey whales had gathered in the area during the whale watching season which runs from mid-December to April. The whales migrate every winter migrate from Arctic waters to warm shallow lagoons off the Mexican coast to breed.

More than 2,500 grey whales had gathered in the area, one of the highest totals of the whales there in the past 20 years, BBC News reported.

Cabo San Lucas, which sits at the southernmost tip of Baja California, markets whale watching as one of its main attractions, noted The Guardian.

BBC News noted that a U.S. sail board sank off western Mexico after a whale fell onto it two years ago and that in July a sightseeing boat was overturned by a whale off California.

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