All British, and ranging in age from 18-years-old to 76-years-old, the identity of the five people who died in a whale-watching expedition, has been confirmed.
- 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 initial investigation and findings at this point suggest they weren’t wearing a lifejackets. In terms of regulations as I understand, it’s not required in this type of vessel. Will that be part of the question in an ongoing investigation? I’m certain it will be.”
Brown also adds the victims were standing on the top level of the vessel when it capsized.
Families in mourning
Earlier today, the daughter of Jack Slater confirmed on her Facebook profile page that her father was one of victims.
Seventy-six year old Jack Slater has been described by his grieving daughter as “larger than life, a charmer, handsome…”.
” I’m so sorry he had to die in this way”
Michele Slater Brown later responded to the flood of condolences with another note about how she and her sisters learned the news.
“I was notified in the wee hours this morning, I’m a bit foggy, my heart is hurting so much but I’m so grateful for your comforting words… we are heartbroken, we loved and looked up to him so much, he was an adventurer, he lived his life his way, I’m so sorry he had to die in this way, it’s a tragedy beyond belief, I’m proud of who he was and who he created, my sisters are strong and we will continue to live our lives, alway with him in our minds and hearts.”
The BC Coroner’s Service will be releasing more information about the victims later today. Updates to come.