Truro mother relieved after being told her daughter is safe

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TRURO - Truro's Marie Braedley spent a sleepless Thursday night, regularly checking her email for updates on her daughter Kate's status.
Kate was among 64 people on a Canadian tall ship that sank off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after high winds and rough seas capsized the vessel late Thursday.
Much to Marie's relief, all passengers were rescued.
"We've been assured that they're all safe, all aboard the ship heading for Rio," Marie said.
Kate, a 24-year-old physics and math teacher, joined the SV Concordia in
September.
The ship's owner is West Island College International, based in Lunenburg.
The head of the school, Kate Knight, said the 64 people who were on the ship included 48 students in Grades 11 and 12 and first-year university students, along with teachers and crew. Most are from Canada, with the rest from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe and the West Indies.
The program gives the students the chance to study various subjects while sailing the world.
The school's website says the Concordia was built in 1992 and "meets all of the international requirements for safety."
Officials say the 57-metre sailing school ship sank in strong winds about 500 kilometres southeast of Rio de Janeiro, forcing all passengers to scramble into four life-rafts.
Brazilian navy spokeswoman Maria Padilha said the passengers spent up to 16 hours on life boats before they were rescued by three passing cargo ships.
Knight said everyone successfully abandoned ship and got into the vessel's life-rafts, which are equipped with blankets, medical supplies and food.
The life-rafts were spotted from the air around 8 p.m. AT on Thursday, she said in a telephone interview from Lunenburg.
Knight said that as far as she knew, no one was suffering from any "medical issues" as a result of the incident.
Brazil's navy said in a statement that a distress signal was picked up from the three-masted ship on Thursday.
Three hours later, a military plane spotted the life-rafts floating in the ocean.
The navy sent its own rescue ship, but those aboard the Canadian ship were plucked from the ocean early Friday by other vessels.
The ship had left Brazil's northeast on Feb. 8 and was expected to dock in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Tuesday.
- With files from THE?CANADIAN?PRESS

Organizations: West Island College International, Marie's

Geographic location: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Lunenburg Canada U.S. Australia New Zealand Mexico Europe West Indies Montevideo Uruguay

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