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Catamaran collides with whale

Kwazulu Natal

Durban -

A man was injured when his catamaran collided with a whale in Durban on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

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A gray whale calf swims in the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon in Guerrero Negro in Mexico's Baja California state, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Ojo de Liebre lagoon is one of three primary breeding lagoons that the whales seek in the Baja California peninsula and is located 450 miles south the United States-Mexico international border. Hunted to the edge of extinction in the 1850's after the discovery of the calving lagoons, and again in the early 1900's with the introduction of floating factories, the gray whale was given full protection in 1947 by the International Whaling Commission. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Derrick Pienaar, 50, had fractured the bone in his upper right arm, NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon said.

“Mr Pienaar's injury was sustained after he fell on deck after the sport fishing boat, which he was a passenger on, struck a whale while the boat was underway.”

There were seven other people onboard the vessel but only Pienaar was injured.

He was taken to the Umhlanga Hospital.

The catamaran was not damaged.

“Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said that while on-scene a whale came past the boats and it is suspected that this was the same whale that they had struck and... it appeared to not be injured,” said Lambinon. - Sapa

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