TSB to release report into deadly capsizing of Leviathan II

Transportation Safety Board will release their findings Wednesday into the October 2015 incident.

The Transportation Safety Board will release its report later today into the deadly capsizing of a whale-watching boat off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Six people died after the Leviathan II flipped during a whale-watching expedition near the resort community of Tofino in October 2015.

There were 27 people on board the vessel, including three crew.

The role of the TSB is to investigate marine, pipeline, rail and aviation incidents and make recommendations to improve safety. The federal agency does not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

Tom Hawkins, a lawyer who represents some of the survivors and family members of the deceased, says his clients are looking forward to getting some answers.

Jamie’s Whaling Station, the vessel’s owner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Court documents filed last year in response to a civil claim describe the event as an “act of God” that could not have been reasonably predicted.

An RCMP investigation remains open pending the release of the safety board’s report.

In the days following the sinking, safety board investigators said a wave hit the vessel’s starboard side while most passengers and crew were on the top deck of the port side. The board said that the vessel tilted up, rolled and capsized.

Survivors described being thrown into the ocean without life jackets, grabbing hold of a single life ring that floated in the waves.

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