Truro mother says daughter is doing well after being rescued from capsized ship

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - Marie Braedley could hardly wait for the moment when she would see her daughter Kate enter the airport arrivals lounge on Monday.
"We're doing very well now," the much-relieved mother said in anticipation of her daughter's arrival home later in the day. "Can't wait to get her home and just hold her in our arms."
Kate, 24, was among the 64 people rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday after the Canadian tall ship they were on capsized late Thursday amid high winds and rough seas.
Although there were some long and worrisome hours until they waited for news of their daughter's fate, Marie, who teaches music at Truro Elementary school, said her family learned early Friday morning that everyone on the ship had gotten off safe.
She had spoken briefly with her daughter on several occasions after Kate was taken ashore and other family members were meeting her at a flight stopover in Toronto to bring her clothes and to provide a "privacy field" around her.
"At that point she was doing quite well," Marie said of the telephone contact she had with her daughter. "There were moments of laughter and moments of tears."
She said her daughter was anxious to check out her Facebook account and was "quite surprised" to learn she and her shipmates "were all the news" because of the sinking.
And while the full enormity of the event and all the "what ifs" have yet to be digested," Marie said her daughter was faring quite well, all things considered.
"She is remarkably strong. It is going to take time to process all of what's happened to them," she said. "She's got Cape Breton roots so that makes her strong," she added, with a chuckle."
Marie said she had offered a homecoming treat of lobster and ice-cream if her daughter wanted but Kate had replied: "'I just want ice-cream.'"
The tall ship Concordia, which was owned by West Island College International in Lunenburg, was a 57-metre sailing school ship built in 1992.
Marie said the first part of Kate's adventure was "absolutely wonderful and she had lots to tell us about the places they had been and the places they had seen. The experience of a lifetime."
She also spoke highly of the safety training and evacuation drills which the students were put through "... always with an eye that you hope you never have to use them, but which are there if you do."

Organizations: West Island College International, Truro Elementary school

Geographic location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Toronto Cape Breton Lunenburg

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  • Doddy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Very happy to hear your daughter is safe and will be home with you.....You said it in 3 Big and Beautiful words Cape Breton Roots