Nova Scotia school ship sinks off Brazil.
the boat sank but that Elysha was OK.
“I’m worried about my daughter — very, very worried about my daughter,” said Shelley Piller. “I’ve got no information. I’ve got nothing. We want to know our girl’s OK.”
Physics and math teacher Kate Braedley joined the Concordia in September. Her mother, Marie Braedley, said she spent a sleepless Thursday night checking her email for any updates on her 24-year-old daughter’s status.
“I was in total shock. I couldn’t breathe and my heart was racing,” Braedley said, recalling her phone conversation with Knight from her home in Truro.
Braedley, originally from Sydney River, is anxiously waiting to talk to Kate.
“ We’ve been assured that they’re all safe, all aboard the ship heading for Rio.”
Officials with the Brazilian navy said the 64 crew — including 42 Canadians — were on two merchant ships that were expected to arrive in Rio sometime Saturday.
Rear Admiral Leonardo Puntel said two of the people suffered minor injuries, but didn’t know the nature of their injuries, and said the rest appeared to be in good condition.
He said an emergency beacon was detected Wednesday night but it wasn’t clear when the ship sank or how long the crew members were in the life-rafts. It’s possible, he said, they were in the rafts for up to 24 hours.
Reached on board one of the commercial ships, a man who identified himself as the captain of the Concordia said he didn’t want to discuss the crew’s ordeal.
“ Well, not at this time,” Bill Curry said from the Hokuetsu Delight.
“ We are still engaged in the process of getting the kids ashore, so I have no comment at this time.”
Edgardo Ybanez, captain of the Hokuetsu Delight, said 44 crew members of the Concordia were on board the vessel, but declined to offer more details.
“Everybody is OK,” he said. “ That’s all I can tell you now.”
The head of the school, Kate Knight, said the 64 people included 48 students in grades 11 and 12 and first-year university. Most are from Canada, with the rest from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe and the West Indies.
Knight said they got word Thursday morning that a distress signal had been picked up from the vessel and an air and sea search commenced.
The life-rafts were spotted from the air around 8 p.m. AT on Thursday, she said, adding that they had no information on what caused the Concordia to sink.
Puntel said he had heard reports from the crew that the ship took on water and capsized in waves that measured 2.5 metres, buffeted by winds that gusted up to 50 kilometres an hour.
The ship had left Brazil’s northeast on Feb. 8 and was expected to dock in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Tuesday before heading to the U.K.
The school’s website says the Concordia was built in 1992 and meets the requirements for safety.
Kate Braedley of Truro is shown in front of the Concordia in Lunenburg, N.S. prior to leaving on the 10-month voyage.