All 64 passengers rescued after Canadian student ship sinks off Brazils coast

The Canadian Press ~ The News
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazil's Navy says all 64 passengers have been rescued after a Canadian student ship sank off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
The passengers were picked up by nearby shipping.
The Navy says that those aboard blamed high winds and rough seas for the capsizing Thursday evening.
The vessel was owned by West Island College International, based in Nova Scotia.
A Foreign Affairs spokeswoman in Ottawa says the department and the Embassy of Canada in Brazil are aware of the sinking of the West Island College Class A float ship, SV Concordia.
Simone MacAndrew says Canadian diplomatic personnel are working with the Brazilian government to monitor and assist with the situation.
She says consular officials are ready to provide assistance to any affected Canadian citizens.
Canadians with friends and relatives who were aboard in can contact the department's Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa by calling either 1-800-387-3124 or 1-613-996-8885.
A spokesman at the school confirmed the incident but declined to give details.
The school's website says it gives high school and college students the chance to study while sailing the world.
The ship had left Brazil's northeast on Feb. 8 and was expected to dock in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Tuesday.

Organizations: West Island College International, West Island College Class A, Foreign Affairs Embassy of Canada Emergency Operations Centre

Geographic location: Brazil, RIO DE JANEIRO, Ottawa Nova Scotia Montevideo Uruguay

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page