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New Zealand boat strikes whale, leaving 5 people dead.

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New Zealand's WOOELLINGTON (AP) - A small charter boat capsized in New Zealand on Saturday, killing five persons.

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The whale and the vehicle may have collided, according to officials. The six other boat occupants were rescued.

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The 8.5-meter (28-foot) boat, according to police, capsized close to the South Island hamlet of Kaikura.

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Police stated that they were still looking into what caused the collision.

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Kaikura Police Sergeant Matt Boyce called it a tragic and unheard-of occurrence.

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Involved parties, including the victims and their families, their local communities, and emergency response professionals, are in our thoughts, added Boyce.

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He claimed that some sperm whales and humpback whales were passing through the area.