Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

November 19, 2015 15:44 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Confirms Identification of Body Found at Vargas Island

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 19, 2015) -

For Immediate Release


Nov. 19, 2015

Ministry of Justice

BC Coroners Service


BC Coroners Service confirms identification of body found at Vargas Island

VICTORIA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a body recovered at Vargas Island near Tofino, British Columbia, is that of missing Australian tourist Raveshan Morgan Pillay.

Mr. Pillay was with a group of tourists on the whale-watching vessel Leviathan II when it went down at Plover Ridge off Vargas Island on Oct. 25, 2015. Five of the boat's 27 occupants were confirmed deceased as a result of the incident. Despite extensive search efforts over the following days, Mr. Pillay was not found.

In the early evening of Nov. 18, 2015, surfers reported finding a body on the beach of Vargas Island. An investigation has established that it is the body of Mr. Pillay. He is now confirmed as the sixth fatality of the events of Oct. 25.

Mr. Pillay was an Australian citizen. The other five deceased - four men and a woman - were all British nationals.

The BC Coroners Service, Transportation Safety Board and RCMP continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the deaths of Mr. Pillay and the five others.

Mr. Pillay's family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Regional Coroner Matt Brown
    Island Region
    BC Coroners Service
    250 356-9133