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The Latest: Canadian describes whale boat rescue effort

The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The latest on the deadly sinking of a whale watching boat with 27 people on board off Vancouver Island on Sunday (all times local):

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9:15 p.m.

Lance Desilets says when he arrived on the scene of the sunken whale watching vessel off the British Columbia community of Tofino after being told rescue boats were needed, at least 12 boats were already out and more were going in as he returned.

The Tofino fishing guide says search and rescue craft and helicopters were also on-scene.

"I saw a lot of personal belongings, a long diesel slick and the top 10 feet of the Leviathan II sticking out of the water," Desilets said. "It's a sad day for our community and the search and rescue people are doing the best that they can."

Authorities said earlier that at least three were dead.

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7:50 p.m.

Canadian authorities say eight people are hospitalized after a whale watching boat sank off British Columbia's Vancouver Island.

Valerie Wilson, a spokeswoman for Island Health, said of the eight at Tofino General Hospital, seven are stable and one is serious condition, but stable. The hospital is not far from the dock.

Officials earlier confirmed at least three were dead. Twenty-seven were on board.

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Associated Press Writer Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto.

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