British Columbia Coroner spokeswoman Barb McLintock told the AP in an email: “Multiple but we don’t yet have a firm number. Still a very fluid situation so we really are not sure yet.”
UPDATED- 1:08 PM EST (Oct 26)
A new video published by GlobalNews.Ca shows what happened as the ship- MV Leviathan 2 sank off the coast of Vancouver Island.
At least five people have died after a whale watching tour boat sank off the Canadian coast.
Multiple local media reports indicate that 27 people were on the vessel when it sank off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.
Tofino is a small community located on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Three dead and 15 unaccounted for after whale-watching boat sinks off Canada’s west coast, paramedics say https://t.co/DonkErSl5b
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 26, 2015
The Associated Press is reporting that local authorities are scrambling to get a handle on the death toll as the situation is still developing.
CTV News reports that “The tour boat belongs to Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, a company that offers whale watching tours out of Tofino”.
Matt Lee, a reporter for local radio station CKNW says that the ship did have life jackets aboard.
Name of #Tofino whale watching boat that sank is MV Leviathan 2. Did have lifejackets aboard.
— Matt Lee (@mattlee980) October 26, 2015
The CBC reached out to Jamie’s Whaling Station and a spokesperson for the company told the CBC News that it was busy with efforts to assist its passengers and crew.
“I hope you can respect all our effort is on the passengers and crew right now,” the spokesperson told the CBC, adding they will have more details soon.
#Breaking: Multiple fatalities reported after tour boat carrying 27 people sinks off Tofino. https://t.co/GLUH3KtvOE
— CTV Vancouver (@CTVVancouver) October 26, 2015
WATCH: CTV Coverage of sinking
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