5 confirmed dead after Canada whale-watching boat sinks

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VANCOUVER: Five people have been confirmed dead and one missing after a whale-watching vessel carrying 27 sank off Canada’s Pacific coast near Vancouver Island, the Coast Guard said Sunday. A total of 21 people had been rescued, Lieutenant Commander Desmond James of the Coast Guard’s rescue center in the provincial capital Victoria, told AFP, adding that the search had now been called off. Meanwhile 18 victims were taken to hospital, many of them needing warming after being plucked from the ocean, according to CBC news. The boat, Leviathan II, was some 12 kilometers off Tofino, a resort town on the western edge of Vancouver Island, when a distress call was received around 5 pm (0000 GMT) saying that the ship was sinking.

AFP

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