School sailing ship capsizes in Brazil

A school sailing expedition ended in disaster today when the ship capsized off the Brazilian coast.

A school sailing expedition ended in disaster today when the ship capsized off the Brazilian coast.

All 64 pupils, staff and crew on the sailing ship were rescued by nearby shipping boats.

High winds and rough seas were blamed for the accident.

The boat was owned by West Island College International, based in Nova Scotia.

A spokesman 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 north-east on February 8 and was expected to dock in Montevideo, Uruguay on Tuesday.

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