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Old 10-25-2015, 09:03 PM   #1
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Whale watchers down

Off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Whale watching vessel sinks off Tofino, B.C., with fatalities - British Columbia - CBC News
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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That's sad!
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:49 PM   #3
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More. Absolutely tragic.

'Multiple fatalities' after tour boat sinks off B.C. coast | CTV News
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:11 PM   #4
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Not good.
Wonder what the seas were like, as the boat looks a bit top heavy.
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/740L2ue8z2I/maxresdefault.jpg
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:13 PM   #5
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Not good.
Wonder what the seas were like, as the boat looks a bit top heavy.
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/740L2ue8z2I/maxresdefault.jpg
Tofino water taxi reported 3-4 metre swells, no wind.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:26 PM   #6
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Tofino water taxi reported 3-4 metre swells, no wind.
Here's a 12 foot sea
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:28 AM   #7
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Oh man this sucks.
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:39 AM   #8
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There's conflicting reports on the sea state; on the one hand there was the mention of the 3-4 metre swells, and other reports suggest it was fairly calm. A photo of the upended tour boat taken just before it went under suggests that it was lumpy but not seriously so.
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:45 AM   #9
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http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/multiple-fatalities-after-tour-boat-sinks-off-b-c-coast-1.2627130
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:59 AM   #10
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Whale watchers down

Journalist on Twitter reports 14 missing, but local news is reporting 22 accounted for, so 5 missing.
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Old 10-26-2015, 01:32 AM   #11
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Not good.
Wonder what the seas were like, as the boat looks a bit top heavy.
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/740L2ue8z2I/maxresdefault.jpg
Looks like somebody cut & pasted an extra 20' into the middle of the boat...
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Wonder if circumstances were similar?
http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-re...7/m09w0147.pdf


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Old 10-26-2015, 06:47 AM   #14
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Wind waves and swells are 2 different animals....without a wave period the info is of not much help.
Can't tell stability from a picture either.....looks like a lot of effort went into her to keep weight lower....no fear of making it look a bit funky.
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One rescuer reported that he was told the boat rolled over after being hit by a 'rogue wave'.

Might be a situation where the swell rebounded then combined their forces off nearby rocks or islets, and got further concentrated by an underwater shelf...maybe...
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Wonder if circumstances were similar?
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Good report JD. Have they posted initial coordinates? Reported weather conditions were good so either inlet surge, vessel issues or a hard strike may come out from initial survivor discussions.
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They originally reported the location as Plover Pt, on Meares Island, since corrected as Plover Reef, near Vargas Island at the entrance of Clayoquot Sd.
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The Explorator incident was found to be due to lack of use of navigation aids (wasn't watching plotter).

Rogue wave or lack of attention to navigation aids.


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Old 10-26-2015, 12:04 PM   #18
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Once again, as was the case with the Queen of the North ferry sinking, we have the First Nations people to thank for preventing greater human loss.
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:18 PM   #19
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Once again, as was the case with the Queen of the North ferry sinking, we have the First Nations people to thank for preventing greater human loss.

Yes, that was a highlight that I took away from this tragedy too.
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There is a big difference between 10-12' wind driven waves a 10-12' long period swells on a clam day.
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