A whale watching vessel is reported to have capsized with 27 people on board off Vancouver Island in Canada around 19:30 PST on Oct. 25, 2015. At least three people are feared dead as search and rescue operations are under way. The Joint Rescue Coordination Center has confirmed that the boat made a distress call shortly before 16:00 PST on Sunday, near Tofino, British Columbia.
According to the Associated Press, five ambulances were dispatched to the area and off-duty paramedics volunteered to go to the dock to offer assistance. Jenn Hamilton, a spokeswoman for British Columbia Emergency Health Services told reporters, “Three people were confirmed dead shortly after the incident and efforts are being done to bring to safety all others who were aboard.”
Hamilton declined to give the nationalities of those dead, saying it is premature at the present time. She also could not confirm how far the whaling vessel might have capsized off the island with the 27 people on board.
However, the British Columbia Coroner spokeswoman, Barb McLintock, had written in an earlier email that a “multitude” had been confirmed dead after the whaling vessel had capsized with its 27 people on board. Tofino’s Mayor Josie Osborne said all resources will be made available to assist the passengers, crews, and their families during this difficult period.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
Edited by Leigh Haugh
Associated Press: Canada Authorities: Whaling Vessel Sinks, at Least 3 Dead
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