CANADIAN authorities are continuing to search for a 27-year-old Sydney man, feared drowned, after a whale-watching boat sunk off Vancouver Island.
New details have emerged about how the incident occurred, with surviving passengers claiming the MV Leviathan II was hit by a wave and rolled several times, tossing them around like rag dolls.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Survivors have told how when a large, freak wave struck the ship, it began to sink quickly. Crew members were able to set off flares to alert boats nearby to help.
It’s understood the five British nationals who died in the freak accident were on top of the boat on the open deck.
There were 21 survivors.
Authorities, including divers, were searching the area as well as small islands near where the boat sank on Sunday.
The Australian, who has not been named, was on the boat with his girlfriend and her family.
It’s understood the girlfriend’s father was among the five who died.
Two other Brits who died were David Thomas, 50, and son Stephen, 17.
The missing man’s distraught parents and brother will fly to Canada today.