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Boat abandoned after collision with whale

Four sailors were rescued by a container ship Friday night after their vessel struck a whale.

The 38-foot sloop, a Netherlands-flagged Hanse 370e named Outer Limits, was heading from Bermuda to the Azores as part of the ARC Europe event when it cracked its hull by striking the mammal at about 7 p.m., according to Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.

“They were going to try to come back to Bermuda but the skipper decided, for the safety of the crew, to abandon the boat,” said a spokesman for Bermuda Maritime.

Click here for the full report by the Royal Gazette and click here for the official press release from race organizers.