Over 80 people were injured – seriously – after a ferry, a Japanese island collided with what seemed to be a choice.
The incident occurred by Sado Island and left at least five people with serious injuries after the supposed election caused a 6-inch crack at the ferry's stern.
The ferry transported 121 passengers and four crew members.
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A maritime expert was quoted by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK saying that the ferry must have collided with a choice, according to the BBC.
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Ship operator Sado Steam Ship Co. said in a statement that the jetfoil ferry reached its destination despite the incident and apologized to the customers and said the ship was hit by "marine life" 19659005] "My throat hit the seat in front of me", a passenger told the Japanese media, according to the outlet0. "People around me stood up [in pain]."
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Coastguard officials said the exact cause of the accident is now being investigated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.