Body found near site of Tofino whale watching tragedy

Dec 19 2017, 6:35 pm

The BC Coroner’s service has confirmed a body has been found near the site of where a whale watching boat sank in October, killing five people.

The service is sending a coroner to the scene and can provide no further details.

CKNW had received reports earlier this evening that a group of hikers on Vargas Island found the body, and that police were en route to investigate.

Calls to the RCMP have not yet been returned.

Last month, whale-watching boat The Leviathan II capsized while near Plover Reefs with 27 people on board.

Five British nationals were killed killed in the incident.

A sixth person, Raveshan Pillay, was still missing and his filed turned over to the RCMP.

The local Ahousaht First Nation along with an RCMP dive team scoured the waters in the area for days, but found no trace of Pillay.

The 27-year-old from Sydney, Australia, has been presumed dead.

The coroner says it is too early to say whether the remains that have been found are linked to the capsized boat.

The other five victims of the accident have been identified as:

  • Katie Taylor, aged 29, a British national who lived in Whistler
  • Jack Slater, aged 76, a British national who lived in Toronto
  • Nigel Francis Hooker, aged 63, of Southampton, England
  • David Wyndham Thomas, aged 50, of Swindon, England
  • Stephen David Thomas, aged 18, also of Swindon, son of David Wyndham Thomas

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