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Five killed as whale-watching boat sinks


Whale-watching boat sinks off coast of Canada
At least five people died when a whale-watching boat sank off the coast of British Columbia in western Canada late on Sunday afternoon.
The first rescue boats to help belonged to the nearby Ahoushat First Nation community. Emergency teams that rushed to the scene said 21 people had been rescued and one was still missing. The victims’ nationalities are not yet known.
The boat, Leviathan II, made a mayday call before sinking near Tofino on Vancouver Island amid calm sea conditions. The survivors were taken to Tofino General Hospital.
According to media reports, the 20-metre boat was operated by Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, whose three-hour whale-watching tours have been in operation for 30 years. Tofino is a popular spot to see humpback and Pacific Gray whales.


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