NEWS
10/28/2015 18:07 EDT | Updated 10/28/2016 01:12 EDT

RCMP dive team attempts to search Tofino vessel as Australian family arrives

TOFINO, B.C. — A police dive team is making its second attempt today to search a whale-watching boat that sank off the west coast of Vancouver Island, claiming five lives.

Heavy waves in the waters off Tofino, B.C., prevented RCMP officers from conducting a search this morning, but receding winds gave them another chance to survey the Leviathan II.

Five British nationals between the ages of 18 and 76 died Sunday when the vessel capsized near Vargas Island, and an Australian man is still missing.

His family arrived at an airport near Tofino today but did not comment as they left in a waiting vehicle.

The Transportation Safety Board has said a preliminary investigation show passengers crowded the top deck of the vessel when it was hit by a wave from the opposite side.

The TSB was trying to recover electronics from the boat today in an effort to pinpoint the exact location where it rolled.

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Press