Whale-watching boat on Vancouver Island takes on water, 24 people rescued

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Twenty-one passengers and three crew members aboard a whale-watching vessel were rescued on Saturday after their boat began to take on water off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The 15-meter MV Chinook Princess struck a submerged rock or log near Turret Island in the Broken Group Islands around 11 a.m., according to the Coast Guard and ship operator Jamie’s Whaling Station of Tofino, Colombia. -British.

A Coast Guard lifeboat was dispatched from Bamfield, British Columbia, while volunteer lifeguards from the Royal Canadian Navy Search and Rescue Station in Ucluelet, British Columbia also joined in. the rescue effort.

The whale-watching boat is equipped with pumps, which kept the vessel afloat until it was towed to Ucluelet for repairs.

All 24 people aboard the stricken vessel were brought ashore safely by the coastguard and the ship’s volunteer operators who responded to the initial distress call.

“On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, we would like to thank all of the vessels of opportunity who responded and assisted in the rescue of those aboard the MV Chinook Princess in coordination with our crew at Bamfield Lifeboat Station,” said Supt. . Mariah McCooey in a statement Tuesday.

Adam Doolittle, general manager of Jamie’s Whaling Station, said no injuries were reported in the incident.

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