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Boat carrying Canadian students capsizes

Student ship ‘SV Concordia’ sinks off coast of Rio de Janeiro; everyone reported safe


Late last night, about 480 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, the SV Concordia sent out a distress signal. A nearby merchant ship was alerted to the emergency and could spot lifeboats, but couldn’t say how many passengers were safely aboard. It has since been reported that the student ship’s 64 passengers—48 of them Canadian high school students—have been transported to a Brazilian navy vessel now headed to port. All are safe, though their condition, and the cause of the ship wreck, is still unknown.

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Boat carrying Canadian students capsizes

  1. Did it sink or capsize? A nitpicky naval architect wants to know.

  2. There was talk of "Rogue Wave" from the Brazilian news feed I'd seen… So, capsize, then sunk seems to be the initial call. Huge testament to the preparedness of these kids by their instructors that every single person made it off the ship unharmed. This is a great program that deserves to be kept alive.

  3. The girl ended up falling 90 feet to the deck and was emergency airlifted to Oregon by the US Navy, where she stayed for some time before being air evacuated back to her native Montreal, Canada where she stayed in hospital for several weeks further. This story was in fact picked up by the Montreal Gazette, as well as the Portland, Oregon newspaper in July and August 1994, shortly after it transpired. Finally, several years after, a further accident occurred on the Concordia. Despite its abysmal safety record, and at least one successful law suit against the owners and operators of the Concordia by one of the accident victims, the Concordia continued to sail with adolescents aboard until this most recent incident off of the coast of Brazil. It is mind boggling how this ship and its owners and operators could continue to operate.

  4. This is by no means the first such incident involving the Concordia. About 20 years ago, the Concordia's on-board doctor was shot and killed in Jamaica while on a shore visit with the West Island College Class Afloat program. Shortly thereafter, a student in the Class Afloat program was cleaning the ship batteries on-board deck and was blown off of the deck by an explosion somewhere off of the coast of Australia, and his body was never recovered. Several years after that incident, a 16 year old student from Montreal, was required to climb up the mast of the ship to a height of approximately 90 feet above deck to complete a routine ship task but was sent without a harness. The practice of sending students without harnesses to this height was routine on the Concordia, despite the fact that the students on-board that summer had only been aboard ship for several weeks and were far from seasoned sailors. In this instance, even though the student questioned her teachers as to whether she was required to wear a harness, she was told that it was unnecessary.

  5. 1. It's not a boat.

    2. I was pretty ashamed to see the Canadian owners of the boat complaining that the rescue wasn't fast enough. Everyone's alive. Ask for a routine investigation, say thank you alot to the Brazilian navy for saving everyone without death or injury, and shut up.