As Americans, we like to experience the great outdoors, and there are many services out there that let us do so. In fact, each region of the country has its own adventures to offer tourists. One of the services offered along the coastal cities in Massachusetts is whale watching.
Whale watching is typically a fairly safe adventure that tourists both young and old can enjoy. However, it was reported by the Boston Globe today that five people were injured this morning when a rogue wave hit a whale watch boat off of Cape Cod.
Reportedly, the rogue wave, also known as a freak or monster wave, was between five and seven feet in height and hit the bow of the 106-foot-long whale watch boat, where several people stood.
There are few details that have been released at this point, but five people were injured. It is believed that one of the victims suffered a broken leg, and that none of the other injuries are life-threatening.
Members of the Whale Watcher, which is based out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, called the Coast Guard at 10:23 a.m. to report the accident, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard then notified the police department in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at 10:36 a.m.
The boat had been five miles north of Provincetown’s Race Point when the wave struck, so it was docked in Provincetown and the injured passengers were taken to Cape Cod Hospital by firefighters.
People who find themselves seriously injured in accidents of this nature are often able to recover damages for medical bills or related costs if it can be proven that the leisure company or its workers committed some sort of negligence or other wrongdoing.
It is also important to note that many companies that offer services of this sort have their patrons sign release of liability waivers, which makes it much more difficult to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them.
Source: Boston Globe, “Rogue wave injures five aboard whale watch ship,” Martin Finucane, 5/16/2011.