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Old 06-14-2017, 02:31 PM   #1
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TSB findings on Leviathan II whale watching boat accident.

The TSB report has been released on this incident.

Marine Investigation Report M15P0347 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada

"3.0 Findings

3.1 Findings as to causes and contributing factors

While the Leviathan II was at Plover Reefs, the conditions were favourable for the formation of breaking waves.
The vessel maintained position on the weather side of the reef, exposed to the incoming swell, to allow passengers to view wildlife. As the vessel was leaving the area, a large wave approached the vessel from the starboard quarter.
Moments before the wave struck, the master became aware of it and attempted to realign the vessel to minimize its impact, but there was not enough time for his actions to be effective.
The forces exerted on the vessel by this large breaking wave caused it to broach and rapidly capsize.
The rapid capsizing resulted in the passengers and crew falling into the cold sea water without flotation aids or thermal protection, exposing them to the effects of cold water immersion.
Approximately 45 minutes elapsed before search-and-rescue (SAR) resources became aware of the capsizing, as the crew did not have time to transmit a distress call before the capsizing, nor did the vessel have a means to automatically send a distress call.
The crew members were able to discharge a parachute rocket, which alerted a nearby Ahousaht First Nation fishing vessel that was instrumental in saving the lives of a number of survivors."
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