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Students Hurt During Whale Watch Off Provincetown

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The Whale Watcher docked in Barnstable, May 16, 2011. (photo courtesy: David G. Curran/SatelliteNewsService.com)

The Whale Watcher docked in Barnstable, May 16, 2011. (photo courtesy: David G. Curran/SatelliteNewsService.com)

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PROVINCETOWN (CBS) – Five Barnstable High School students were hurt during a whale watching field trip off the coast of Provincetown Monday.

The Coast Guard told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 the five teens were standing on the bow of the 106-foot boat, Whale Watcher, when a “rogue” wave 5-7 feet high hit the boat. When the wave passed, students said the boat dropped violently, knocking some students down to the deck.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports.

After the boat docked at the MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown, three boys and two girls were taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. Witnesses alleged that one one of the students broke her nose.

“Students do get on boats for field trips, as you know geographically where we are, we take advantage of the natural surroundings here, but I’ve never had that incident where students were injured on a boat,” said Pat Clark, the principal.

Forty-seven students went on the field trip.

The Whale Watcher later departed the pier in Provincetown and continued the tour.

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