Five people died after a whale watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island, Canadian authorities said Monday. Lt. Commander Desmond James of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said the agency’s search has concluded with five people dead, 21 rescued and one person missing, the Associated Press reported.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will take over the search for the missing person, according to the news agency.
British Columbia Coroner’s Service spokesperson Barb McLintock told CTV News that there were “multiple fatalities” following the incident Sunday.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said the boat sank off Tofino, B.C. The center said it received a mayday call from the boat at around 4 p.m. PT.
CTV News reported that the ship belongs to Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, which offers whale-watching cruises.