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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.

Read more on this story on the ITV News website

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Cat survives 150 mile round trip trapped in car engine bay

Darcy survived his ordeal with just a small bald patch to show for it Credit: RSPCA

A cat has managed to survive a 150 mile round-trip whilst trapped in the engine bay of a Mercedes Benz.

Four-year-old tabby cat Darcy is thought to have taken shelter from the rain under the car and somehow got trapped in the engine bay.

The owner of the car made the startling discovery when she took her car to the garage after returning from a trip from Cannock, in Staffordshire, to Manchester.

Staff at Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, first became aware there was a problem when the car’s owner reported its engine warning light had come on and yet there were no obvious sign of a problem.

After a test drive, they noticed a strange burning smell rising from under the bonnet and then, on closer inspection, discovered fur wrapped around the engine’s alternator.

Fearing the worst, they inspected the engine itself, only to find Darcy alive and well in the engine.

Darcy survived a 150 mile trip trapped in the car engine Credit: RSPCA

Technicians at Fix Auto in Lichfield said that the car had been brought in just before close on Saturday afternoon, meaning that Darcy wasn't discovered until Monday morning.

The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there."

“He was so close to various moving parts, it’s a miracle he survived.”

– Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield’s technician

Staff called the RSPCA and Inspector Kate Levesley arrived to help with the rescue.

Darcy’s owner, Christine Evans, of Lupin Drive, Cannock, said she was thrilled to get Darcy back after he had been missing for three days.

Darcy is recovering remarkably well following his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Darcy is absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We are so happy to have him back.”

– Christine Evans, Darcy's owner

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Women dies after being hit by a lorry

A pedestrian has died after colliding with a lorry Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A woman has been fatally injured following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian near Lichfield in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A38 and Fradley Lane, between Fradley and Hilliard’s Cross, shortly after 12.40am. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry and pedestrian that had been in collision.

“The pedestrian, a woman, had suffered significant injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed by medics and discharged on scene.”

Train delays between Lichfield and Birmingham

Delays between Birmingham and Lichfield for London Midland trains Credit: PA

There are delays to London Midland trains between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street until lunchtime today.

A vehicle has hit a bridge at Erdington; the bridge has been examined and trains are now able to run between the two stations. Delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected while services return to normal.

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Tory candidate Fabricant reveals skin cancer diagnosis

Conservative candidate Michael Fabricant has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer while on the campaign trail.

Michael Fabricant said the cancer will 'teach me to be a sun worshipper' and urged others with a suspicious mole or lump to have it checked. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive

Mr Fabricant, who is seeking re-election in the constituency of Lichfield, announced the diagnosis on Twitter but was optimistic the cancer had been "caught in time".

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