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Five people were injured Sunday when a high-speed ship bound for Yakushima Island collided with an object thought to be a whale, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The Toppy, which left the city of Kagoshima early Sunday with some 190 people on board, issued a distress call to the Japan Coast Guard at around 9 a.m. after hitting the object about 2 km off Cape Sata, in Kagoshima Prefecture, it said.

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