5 dead, 1 missing after whale-watching boat sinks

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TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA - It was a tragic end to a boat tour in British Columbia. At least five people are dead after a whale-watching boat capsized off Canada's west coast, near the town of Tofino.

"It was a beautiful day here in Tofino and there were some big swells out on the ocean," said Tofino's Mayor Josie Osborne, "We just don't know anything about what may have happened at the scene."

27 people were on board the Leviathan II, hoping to catch a glimpse of some whales, when to everyone's horror, the boat began to sink. A man shot ominous cell phone video of the boat bobbing in the ocean.

Rescue crews plucked 21 people from the frigid waters, but sadly, five people died, and one is still missing. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

The boat is owned by Jamie's Whaling Station and Adventure Centres. The company posted a statement on their website, saying:

"Our entire team is heartbroken over this incident and our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved ones of everyone involved."

Meanwhile, the mayor of the tiny town of less than 2,000 people, is thanking everyone for their outpouring of love and support.

"People are out with blankets and food and with clothing for people and just supporting them as we go through this together," said Mayor Osborne.

Now, it's up to investigators to shed some light on this whale-watching adventure gone horribly wrong.





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