A year ago today tragedy struck B.C.’s west coast when the Leviathan II capsized near Tofino.
It claimed the lives of six people, five British nationals and one Australian.
In honor of the victims, a commemorative plaque was unveiled during a special ceremony on Tuesday.
Tofino’s Mayor Jose Osborne told CKNW’s sister-station Global News the tragedy reinforces the importance of friends, neighbors, and family.
“The response to the Leviathan serves to remind us that we are here for each other when help is need the most, regardless of who we are and where we are from without the need for recognition. And I cannot underestimate the strength of this conviction.”
LISTEN: The Leviathan II: Tragedy off the coast of Tofino
Twenty-seven people were on board when the vessel capsized.
“It has been one of the most difficult and life changing and difficult experiences that we’ve ever been through. But the immediate response and the months that have followed have also been very life affirming and reinforce for us the importance of friends neighbors and family,” said Osborne.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation.