Canada whale-watch sinking: ‘Urgent’ check for British casualties

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Officials are “urgently” checking with Canadian authorities whether any Britons are among 27 people on board a whale-watching boat which sank, killing at least five people.

The boat, operated by a local tour company, got into difficulty off the coast of British Columbia on Sunday afternoon local time.

A major search and rescue operation was launched, with the boat is partly submerged eight nautical miles from Tofino, on Vancouver Island, according to reports.

A spokesman for the FO said: “Following the incident in Tofino on October 25 , we are urgently seeking information from the local authorities and stand ready to provide consular support to any British nationals involved.”

Lt Commander Desmond James of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the military agency’s search had concluded with five people dead, 21 rescued and one person missing.

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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