Probe continues into whale watching accident
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.