A whale watching boat carrying 27 passengers capsized Sunday near Tofino, leaving at least four people dead.
The boat issued a mayday call at around 4 p.m. Media reports include witnesses attesting to the large volume of response personnel as well as other local vessels and crews aiding in the rescue operation.
Rami Touffaha of Burnaby Tours & Charters tweeted from the scene:
— Burnaby Tours (@BurnabyTours) October 26, 2015
At about 7:30 p.m. an estimated 15 people were thought to still be in the water:
At last word, 15 people still in the water. Thoughts with rescuers, scouring the water now that night has fallen…
— Adam Stirling (@Adam_Stirling) October 26, 2015
Tofino mayor Josie Osborne shared the following via social media:
#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