Multiple deaths as whale watching boat sinks off Canada

AT least four people have died after a whale-watching boat carrying 27 people sunk off the coast of British Columbia in Canada, emergency bodies say.

The boat sank near Tofino on Vancouver Island in the west of the country, the BBC reported.

Barb McLintock, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia coroner, told AP there were "multiple" deaths.

She added that authorities did not yet have a firm number of casualties as the incident was ongoing.

The Canadian broadcaster CBC said the boat appeared to have sank some distance from the shore.

Canadian media said the boat was operated by Jamie's Whaling Station and Adventure Centers.

Its whale watching tours were finishing for the season on 31 October.

The company has been operating for 30 years.

The weather was said to be sunny and calm when the boat sank.

Tofino is a popular destination for tourists wanting to spot humpback and Pacific Gray whales.



VIDEO: The luck of the Irish, singing in the dark

premium_icon VIDEO: The luck of the Irish, singing in the dark

Blackout hit Mullumbimby during music festival

Lismore's most intriguing house on the market

premium_icon Lismore's most intriguing house on the market

The home was once a boarding house

Blackouts still affecting parts of region after deluge

Blackouts still affecting parts of region after deluge

More than 8000 homes were without power at the peak of the storm

Local Partners