Tofino RCMP investigating capsized vessel, 2 men from Alberta confirmed deceased

Tofino, BC – Tofino RCMP is currently investigating a report of a 27 foot sport fishing vessel that had capsized in the afternoon of April 30, 2017 at a location northwest of Bartlett Island.

At this time, the RCMP can confirm that there were five men aboard the vessel when it took on water and capsized. Other sport fishing vessels in the area rendered assistance in rescuing the people in the water, and Canadian Coast Guard personnel provided lifesaving measures. All five individuals were taken to local hospital. Unfortunately two of those men, a 32-year old and a 42-year old, both from Alberta, have been confirmed deceased by the BC Coroner Services. The other three were released from hospital after receiving treatment.

Tofino RCMP will be assisting RCMP West Coast Marine Services and Transportation Safety Board in the investigation and in determining the cause. More information will be released when available.

Police File # 2017-572

Tofino RCMP

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