The 20 meter long passenger vessel Leviathan II capsized and sank off Plover Reefs, Vargas Island near Tofino, British Columbia. The Leviathan II had 27 persons on board on a whale watching tour when it capsized and partially sank. The master of the vessel was able to send out a distress call. Several nearby vessels responded while the Coast Guard began a search and rescue operation. Reports state 23 of 27 persons were accounted with 4 still reported missing. Four persons pulled from the water perished. Many of those rescued were being treated in nearby hospitals and private homes.
Canadian authorities have dispatched an investigation team to the area. The cause of the capsizing has not been reported.
On October 23, the 21 meter long fishing vessel Segredos Do Mar sank off Sesimbra near Lisbon, Portugal. The Segredos Do Mar had become disabled when it suffered a mechanical breakdown which resulted in the fishing vessel to run aground on the rocks just off the shoreline. The crew contacted authorities who dispatched rescue vessels and aircraft to the scene. The 14 crew on board were safely rescued. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Segredos Do Mar later sank.
The 1163 dwt fishing vessel Glory Pacific No. 8 caught fire near the atoll of Tokelau, New Zealand. The fire started in the engine room quickly disabling the fishing vessel. The crew activated the ERIPB emergency beacon alerting authorities. New Zealand authorities directed another fishing vessel, Lomalo, to the scene. All 36 crew from the Glory Pacific No. 8 were safely evacuated. The crew was assisted by New Zealand and US Coast Guard efforts. Reports state the owners of the Glory Pacific No. 8 were making salvage arrangements.