The two men who were first to arrive and help the passengers of a whale-watching boat that overturned off Tofino are talking about their rescue efforts.
Clarence Smith and Ken Lucas of the Ahousaht First Nation say they were out fishing Sunday afternoon and spotted a flare go up near Vargas Island.
They rushed over and starting pulling people out of the water.
“We saw two more ladies about 10 or 15 feet away from the boat that flipped and sunk. They were screaming and yelling. We picked them up out of the water. The one lady said she had a broken leg and the other lady was pregnant. And she said to get the pregnant lady on the boat first so we did that. We got the guy on first, the pregnant lady on second, the lady with the broken leg third.”
Some passengers were wearing life-jackets, but not everyone.
A few were in a bright orange life raft as well.
The fishermen say the passengers told them a large wave had caused them to flip, but that has not been confirmed.
A team from the Transportation Safety Board has just started its investigation.