A woman pays her condolences from the First St. dock to passengers of a capsized whale watching boat in Tofino, west coast of Vancouver, Canada, early Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (Chad Hipolit/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Five people died after a whale watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island on Sunday, and one person remained missing, Canadian authorities said.The vessel made a mayday call late Sunday afternoon on a calm, clear and sunny day off the tourist community of Tofino, a popular destination for whale watchers, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said. A search by the rescue agency staffed by Canadian military and Coast Guard personnel concluded late Sunday with five people dead, 21 rescued and one person missing, said Lt.-Cmdr Desmond James, a spokesman for rescue agency. The boat, the 20-meter (65-foot) Leviathan II, was partially submerged 8 nautical miles (12 nautical kilometers) west of Tofino.Tofino fishing guide Lance Desilets said at least 12 rescue boats were already out on the water when he arrived on the scene after responding to the call for help.
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