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Whale-watching holiday of a lifetime turns to tragedy in Canada

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By Euronews
Whale-watching holiday of a lifetime turns to tragedy in Canada

<p>Five Britons have been confirmed killed while on the holiday of a lifetime in western Canada.</p> <p>They were part of a group of 27 tourists who were whale-watching in British Colombia when their vessel capsized. Conditions at the time were described as rough, but not exceptional.</p> <p>It is the second time the excursion company, which operates out of Tofino, has suffered a fatal accident. In 1998 one of its boats sank killing the captain and a German tourist.</p> <p>Twenty-one people were rescued as a military helicopter and plane were scrambled, and coast guard vessels illuminated the area as darkness fell, but one person is still unaccounted for. </p> <p>The boat, the Leviathan II, remains partially submerged and the company, Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, says it is co-operating fully with the authorities to find out what caused the accident.</p>