Five British tourists have died and one person remains missing following the sinking of a whale watching vessel near Tofino. The boat had 27 people on board when it sank yesterday afternoon.

Acting sub-lieutenant Melissa Kai with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says the search and rescue mission has now been concluded.

Kai adds members of 19 Wing Comox were tasked to help with the search.

The boat was on the far side of Vargas Island in Clayoquot Sound, an area were the waters can become rough. The case has now been turned over to the RCMP as a missing persons investigation.