Tofino boat rescue triggered by single flare that almost wasn’t seen

Since he pulled 13 survivors out of the water near Tofino, B.C., on Sunday, Ken Brown has thought a lot about what would have happened, if he hadn’t seen the flare from a whale-watching boat in trouble. Brown and his partner, Clarence Smith, were fishing grounds they had never fished, facing Vargas Island off Tofino. As they were pulling in their halibut longline, Brown happened to turn around, and saw in the sky a single flare — the only signal anyone could see from the capsized wreckage of the MV Leviathan II, which flipped so quickly there was no time to send a mayday call. Read the rest here 09:40

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