A BOAT has capsized after a whale surfaced under it, killing five in a horror incident off the coast of New Zealand.
The vessel had 11 people on board when the whale is believed to have come up underneath it, flipping it over.
A major rescue operation was launched close to Kaikoura, off New Zealand’s South Island.
Two passengers were pronounced dead earlier this morning, with three still missing.
The missing passengers are now confirmed to have also died.
Those on board were believed to have been a group of women over the age of 50 who were bird enthusiasts, New Zealand news organisation Stuff reported.
The six surviving passengers were taken back to shore following the horror incident near Goose Bay.
Police confirmed the 8.5m boat capsized following the collision and were still investigating exactly what happened.
The vessel involved is understood to belong to a local fishing charter business Fish Kaikoura.