Canadian tourist killed in whale incident off Pacific Coast

A Canadian woman, who had been snorkeling off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, died after a whale crashed into the boat she was on.

Local media reported that the 35-year-old woman was returning from a snorkeling expedition with 23 other passengers when a massive gray whale suddenly breached and landed on the boat. The woman was thrown from the boat into the water.

Firefighters said that to avoid the whale, which hit one side of the boat, the captain made a sudden turn and that was when the woman was injured. She died later in hospital. Two others on the boat were also injured.

Mexican officials say that accidents involving whales are quite rare. They say that at the moment, there are more than 2,500 gray whales gathered in the Pacific off Baja California Sur. Pregnant females flock to the area for its lagoons and bays to bear their calves.

They also say this is the highest number of grey whales the area has seen in more than two decades.

In July, a sightseeing boat off the coast of California was overturned by a whale.

Two years ago, a US boat sank in the Pacific after a breaching whale landed on it.

Gray whales can weigh up to 36 tons and reach lengths of 50 feet (15 meters).