The passenger ship Stellar Sea ran aground near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. The small passenger vessel was on a bear-watching tour when it ran aground in shallow waters. Unable to free itself, the Stellar Sea remained lodged on top of a rock and sustained hull damage. Reports state there was no pollution was released and no injuries to the 26 passengers. All the passengers were safely returned to Tofino. The Canadian Coast Guard reports a boom has been placed around the vessel to contain any potential pollution released. Owners have hired a salvage firm to recover the vessel.
The owner of the Stellar Sea also owned the Leviathan II which sank in 2015 killing six people. Reports state the Canada Transportation Board does not plan to investigate the incident.