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Rescue crew hits whale, heavy boat damage

A Volunteer Marine Rescue crew were reportedly lucky to survive a collision with a whale off North Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia, which “smashed the side of the boat off,” the vice president of the country’s volunteer version of the Coast Guard, told local press. “The bow of the boat has gone.”

The collision tore apart one of the 33-foot catamaran's hulls, injuring two crewmembers.

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