The whale watching boat was reportedly taking on water near Smith Island off the Washington coast. (Google)

The whale watching boat was reportedly taking on water near Smith Island off the Washington coast. (Google)

Updated: Rescue underway for Victoria whale watching boat off U.S. coast

Seattle Search and Rescue running rescue of 45 people on board

A Victoria whale watching boat was the focus of a rescue off the Washington coast after reportedly taking on water Thursday afternoon.

Around 12:35 p.m., the Eagle Wing whale watching vessel 4Ever Wild came in contact with a rock near Smith Island, in U.S. waters off the Washington coast. The vessel sustained damage so the captain brought the vessel safely to shore on Smith Island, according to Eagle Wing Tours.

ALSO READ: VIDEO: Humpback rubs against whale-watching boat

Seattle Search and Rescue ran the rescue that involved the US Coast Guard, Victoria Lifeboat Cape Calvert and numerous other Canadian whale watching boats that were in the area.

The Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Victoria confirmed 45 people were on board the Eagle Wing whale watching boat.

All passengers are safe and no major injuries were sustained. The passengers returned to Victoria via rescue vessels.

ALSO READ: 34 rescued off whale watching boat in Georgia Strait

BREAKING: Tourists rescued after Victoria-based whale watching boat hits rock at sea #yyj pic.twitter.com/mJBDHBlpfw

— Victoria News (@VictoriaNews) May 9, 2019

More to come…


 

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