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.
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.
The 26 meter long, 260 gt fishing vessel Caledonian sank off Estevan Point near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. The Caledonian’s four crew were hauling in a net when the fishing vessel began to list. The crew attempted to correct the list, but the dragger capsized and sank. When the Caledonian failed to report in, a search was launched involving three Canadian Coast Guard vessels and an aircraft. The search and rescue operation spotted two crewmen, but both had perished. A third crewman’s body was later found and recovered. The fourth crewman was spotted and rescued by a passing cruise ship MS Statendam which was en route to Victoria. Canadian authorities has launched an investigation into the incident.