Multiple deaths as whale watching boat sinks off Canada

AT least four people have died after a whale-watching boat carrying 27 people sunk off the coast of British Columbia in Canada, emergency bodies say.

The boat sank near Tofino on Vancouver Island in the west of the country, the BBC reported.

Barb McLintock, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia coroner, told AP there were "multiple" deaths.

She added that authorities did not yet have a firm number of casualties as the incident was ongoing.

The Canadian broadcaster CBC said the boat appeared to have sank some distance from the shore.

Canadian media said the boat was operated by Jamie's Whaling Station and Adventure Centers.

Its whale watching tours were finishing for the season on 31 October.

The company has been operating for 30 years.

The weather was said to be sunny and calm when the boat sank.

Tofino is a popular destination for tourists wanting to spot humpback and Pacific Gray whales.