Five people have been confirmed dead after a boat capsized off the coast of Tofino, and according to Sky News, all of them were British.
One person is still missing, although their nationality is not known.
Around 18 people were taken to a Vancouver Island hospital, according to The Guardian. There were a total of 27 people on board, 21 of whom were rescued.
The ship that capsized was the M.V. Leviathan II with Jamie’s Whaling Station.
CTV News Vancouver was told that sunken vessel was MV Leviathan II, a 65-ft covered boat w/ ?heated seating, capacity of 46. #WhaleWatching
— John Arthur (@jarthur47) October 26, 2015
A Tofino fishing guide told The Guardian that 12 rescue boats were dispatched and that he could see diesel oil slicks as well as personal belongings floating in the water. The M.V. Leviathan II sent out a mayday signal at around 5 p.m. yesterday on October 25.
The mayor of Tofino Josie Osbourne tweeted about the incident last night.
#Tofino‘s thoughts & prayers are with passengers, crew, emergency responders & their families. Thank you all for your messages of support.
— Josie Osborne (@Josie_Osborne) October 26, 2015