A helicopter and a rescue boat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand, on Saturday. Photo: AP
A helicopter and a rescue boat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand, on Saturday. Photo: AP
New Zealand

5 dead after New Zealand boat hits whale and capsizes

  • Another six people aboard the fishing charter vessel were rescued after it overturned near the South Island town of Kaikoura
  • Kaikoura mayor said the water was dead calm and the assumption was that the whale had surfaced from beneath the boat and flipped it

A helicopter and a rescue boat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand, on Saturday. Photo: AP
A helicopter and a rescue boat search for survivors off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand, on Saturday. Photo: AP
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