The B.C. and Yukon Lifesaving Society awarded 10 people the Governor's Gold Award on Saturday.
The non-profit water safety organization gives out the award annually for the most heroic rescue of the year.
Trinity Jezierski was one of the people honoured, and says the day of the accident is still fresh in her memory.
A large wave hit the side of the 20-metre-long Leviathan II during a whale-watching tour last October.
Twenty seven people were tossed into the frigid waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, and six died, including five Britons and an Australian.
(CKNW, The Canadian Press)
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