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Report: Lichfield whale trip victim was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely"

The family of a woman from Lichfield who died on a whale-watching trip in Canada say she was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely". Katie Taylor was one of five Britons who lost their lives when the boat capsized at the weekend.

Investigators believe the vessel overturned because passengers were all on the left side of the boat when a large wave hit. Stacey Foster reports.


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Brits killed in boating accident 'weren't wearing lifejackets'

It's not a legal requirement to wear lifejackets on boats like The Leviathan II. Credit: Reuters

The British Columbia Coroner says the preliminary investigation into a whale-watching boat sinking suggests that the five British people killed were not wearing life jackets and were on the top deck of the vessel.

All five "died at the scene", a spokesperson for the Coroner's office said.

Passengers on boats of the size involved in the accident aren't required by law to wear them, the coroner also said.

Canadian police and the Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the accident, which happened on Sunday.

Lichfield woman dies in whale-watching accident

A passenger on another boat took this photo as it went to rescue survivors. Credit: Albert Titian/Facebook

A fourth Brit who died in a tragic whale-watching accident in Canada has been named as 29-year-old Katie Taylor from Lichfield.

She was among five Britons who died after the boat, carrying 27 people, sank off the coast of British Columbia on Sunday.

An official investigation into the tragedy has been launched by the country's Transportation Safety Board.

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A lost racing pigeon from Staffordshire has turned up 3000 miles away in Canada

Percy the pigeon was found in Canada, 3000 miles away from its home in Cannock Credit: RPRA

A racing pigeon which was in a race from France to Staffordshire has turned up 3000 miles away in Canada.

It was meant to be flying from France to Cannock but got lost and was found by a pigeon racer in Quebec.

The pigeon was identified by its racing rubber rings on its legs Credit: RPRA
Michel Gosselin, Canadian pigeon enthusiast with Percy Credit: RPRA