BC Coroners Service identifies victims of whale-watching boat sinking

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Victoria: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of five persons who died following the capsizing of a whale-watching boat west ofVancouver Island on Oct. 25, 2015.

They are:

* Katie Taylor, aged 29, a British national who lived in Whistler, B.C.

* Jack Slater, aged 76, a British national who lived in Toronto, Ontario.

* Nigel Francis Hooker, aged 63, of Southampton, England

* David Wyndham Thomas, aged 50, of Swindon, England

* Stephen David Thomas, aged 18, also of Swindon, son of David Wyndham  Thomas

The five were all passengers aboard the whale-watching boat Leviathan IIwhich was near Plover Reef off Vargas Island west of Tofino at about 3 p.m.on Oct. 25 when it capsized and eventually sank. All were deceased at thescene. The BC Coroners Service, RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board arecontinuing to investigate these deaths. The families of all five persons have been notified of their deaths. Onbehalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the mediarespect their privacy at this difficult time.