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Monday, 26 October 2015

Canada whale-watching disaster: Five dead as Leviathan II pontoon sinks

A whale-watching pontoon has sunk off the shoreline of British Columbia in western Canada, leaving no less than five individuals dead and a few others missing.

The watercraft conveying 27 individuals sank close Tofino on Vancouver Island, coastguard and salvage authorities said.

The nationalities of the casualties are not yet known.

A representative for the healing facility in Tofino said 18 individuals had been safeguarded. The inquiry is relied upon to proceed for the duration of the night.

Valerie Wilson, of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, told Associated Press that the survivors had been admitted to Tofino General Hospital and three of them had subsequent to been exchanged elsewhere.The first safeguard water crafts to arrive fit in with the adjacent Ahoushat First Nation group, native councilor Tom Campbell said.

He said he saw the first survivors brought shorewards.

"Their looks recount the entire story,'' he told AP. "You can't portray looks on individuals that are lost. They look completely lost - stunned and lost.''


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