Emotional ceremony marks anniversary of Tofino whale-watching tragedy

Gord Johns in the news

Bronze plaque dedicated in honour of 6 victims on anniversary of Leviathan II capsizing

Source: CBC News, by Megan Thomas

Search and rescue

In the wake of the tragedy there were calls to better equip the local first responders who saved the lives of Leviathan II passengers.

But little action has been taken a year later, said NDP MP Gord Johns who tabled a bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday calling on the federal government provide training and equipment.

"In remote coastal communities, residents with local or traditional knowledge of the waters are often the first responders in crisis situations," Johns said in a statement.

The B.C. Government announced $50,000 in funding this summer to support emergency preparedness in Ahousaht.

Chief Coun. Greg Louie said meetings are also continuing with provincial officials on how to better integrate First Nations communities into the emergency response system on B.C.'s coast.

Negotiations around funding for First Nation's responders also continue with federal officials, he said.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also continues to investigate what caused the whale-watching boat to suddenly capsize. It's expected to release its findings next year.