A coast guard spokesman says two people are dead and three others are in stable condition after a boat went down off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Dan Bate says all five people were taken to shore after being lifted from the water near Tofino yesterday afternoon, but health officials later confirmed that two of them had died.
He says the 8.5-metre-long catamaran was fishing for halibut near Bartlett Island when someone on board made a distress call around 1:20 p-m, reporting that the boat was taking on water.
Sub-Lieutenant Melissa Kia with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria says coast guard rescue boats and aircraft were dispatched, and a commercial floatplane spotted the people and directed rescuers to their location around 2:50 p.m.
(With files from The Canadian Press)