The Concordia, a Canadian-based student ship sank off the coast of Brazil on Friday but all 64 passengers have been rescued, according to news reports. The tall ship SV Concordia sank about 555 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in rough seas on Thursday night. All 64 passengers and crew had been safely rescued by the Brazilian navy with the assistance of Japanese merchant ship, Hokuetsu Delight.
A spokeswoman for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Simone MacAndrew said,
“Officials at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and at the Embassy of Canada in Brasilia and the General Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, are aware of the sinking of the West Island College Class Afloat ship, SV Concordia, off the coast of Brazil.”
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said,
“All crew and passengers have been recovered and are uninjured. This is good news. I thank Brazilian authorities who led a search and rescue operation and acted swiftly to assist the ship and its passengers.”
The SV Concordia is a 57.5-metre ship with a 35-metre mast and 15 sails belongs to the West Island Class Afloat alternative school in Montreal. The ship was carrying high school seniors and first-year university students on an educational voyage.