Probe con­tin­ues into whale watch­ing ac­ci­dent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is an­a­lyz­ing cam­eras from pas­sen­gers and crew as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a deadly whale-watch­ing ac­ci­dent that claimed six lives near Tofino, B.C. Five Bri­tons and an Aus­tralian died when the Le­viathan II cap­sized last Oc­to­ber. TSB spokesman Chris Krep­ski said Wed­nes­day that navigational equip­ment from the 20-me­tre ves­sel car­ry­ing 24 pas­sen­gers will also be an­a­lyzed. He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will de­ter­mine how fac­tors such as sea and op­er­at­ing con­di­tions af­fected the ship in the mo­ments be­fore a large wave hit the side of the ves­sel. The Pa­cific Whale Watch As­so­ci­a­tion has said rough sea con­di­tions in the area may be a fac­tor, not­ing a sim­i­lar fa­tal ac­ci­dent oc­curred 17 years ear­lier in the same wa­ters off the west coast of Van­cou­ver Is­land. Krep­ski said a “sur­viv­abil­ity as­sess­ment”will also be con­ducted.

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