The route showing 4Ever Wild’s tow back to Sidney, B.C. (marinetraffic.com)

Victoria whale watching boat towed to Sidney after crashing, taking on water

Vessel hit submerged rock in U.S. waters

A Victoria whale watching boat is under tow en route to Sidney, B.C. after it hit a submerged rock in U.S. waters Thursday.

Around 12:35 p.m. Thursday, the Eagle Wing whale watching vessel 4Ever Wild ran into a submerged rock near Smith Island, in U.S. waters off the Washington coast.

The vessel sustained damage and began to take on water. As a precautionary measure, the captain beached the vessel on the shore of Smith Island, according to Eagle Wing Tours.

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

In response to a call for help, Seattle Search and Rescue ran the rescue that involved U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels and other boats that were in the area.

The 45 people who were on board the Eagle Wing whale watching boat were assisted onto three rescue boats. All passengers returned safely to Victoria with no serious injuries reported.

ALSO READ: Grey whales just making a ‘pit stop’ along B.C. coast, expert says

Salvage and recovery crews headed to the scene Thursday night to assess the vessel with marine authorities. After environmental and safety assessments were complete, the vessel was found to be safe for towing and is currently en route to Sidney for further assessment and repair.

Eagle Wing Tours will run a reduced tour schedule Friday with a return to the regular schedule Saturday.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Group continues to pull sunken, abandoned wrecks from Salish Sea

Dead Boats society inching towards 89 wrecks pulled from Capital Regional waters

People tab ‘Roaring ’20s’ as theme for Parksville sand sculpting competition

‘Topsy Turvy’ and ‘Celebrate!’ also considered for 2020 beach festival event

Port promoting tourism excursions for cruise ship passengers in Nanaimo

Port authority develops partnerships in advance of six ships arriving in 2020

Captain says nothing beats VIU volleyball program

Graduating player Andrea Cankovic has three national titles and isn’t quite done yet

Don’t be blinded by love: Saanich police warn of online dating red flags

Canadians lost about $25 million to romance scams in 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Court awards Nanaimo woman $300,000 after crash exacerbates her fibromyalgia

Judgment follows 2015 motor vehicle accident on Turner Road

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Most Read