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Canadian Tourist Dies After Boat Strikes Whale in Mexico

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 13, 2015

Canadian Tourist Dies After Boat Strikes Whale in Mexico

PHOTO: Grey whale off the coast of Mexico, via Thinkstock 

A Canadian tourist died Wednesday off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when the inflatable tour boat she was on struck a grey whale and she was thrown into the water.

According to Michael Martinez of, the victim was 35-year-old Jennifer Karren from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office for the Protection of the Environment reported that two other tourists on the trip also suffered injuries.

The boat Karren was on was named the “Cabo Adventure 9” and was designed for recreational diving. There were nine passengers on board the vessel at the time of the accident, and it was returning from a snorkel tour when the inflatable boat made contact with the whale.

The captain, Jose Salazar Tendis, tried to avoid the whale, but was unable to do so, authorities told

After Karren fell out of the boat, one of the tour guides and one of the passengers entered the water and helped get her back onto the vessel. One of the tourists on the voyage was also a nurse and immediately began performing CPR.

Upon reaching the shore, Karren was taken directly to the local hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the Baja California Sur Prosecutor General's Office told

After the incident, the general director of company that owns the Cabo Adventure 9 expressed his regret and sadness that one of the passengers passed away on the excursion, despite the best efforts of the crew and tourists to save her Karren’s life, according to Mexican authorities.

The Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office is investigating the incident.

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