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One survivor, two dead after fishing boat sinks off BC coast

Two dead in sinking

Two people are confirmed dead in the sinking of a fishing boat off Vancouver Island on Tuesday.

A third man was rescued after being found in a lifeboat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

CTV News reports the Arctic Fox II began to take on water about 137 kilometres off Cape Flattery, Wash., south of Port Renfrew, B.C.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria dispatched two aircraft from CFB Comox after a mayday signal was received from the vessel.

The U.S. Coast Guard also deployed a rescue helicopter and surveillance plane.

The lone survivor was hoisted into the U.S. helicopter.

The survivor said the other two crewmen were wearing survival suits when they abandoned ship.

The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the deaths Tuesday evening.

"Both bodies were flown to Victoria where a coroner took jurisdiction of investigations of two deaths, both involving Canadians," Coroners Service spokesperson Andy Watson told CTV.

The Arctic Fox II operated out of Cowichan Bay.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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