Tag Archives: Brazil

Rescue Helicopter Crashes off Rio’s Copacabana Beach

From time to time, it is worth being reminded just how difficult it is to pilot a helicopter over wind and waves.  Despite signs warning of dangerous conditions, a swimmer got into trouble in the ocean off Rio de Janeiro ‘s … Continue reading

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Remembering the SV Concordia

Two years and one month ago today, the SV Concordia, a school ship operated by West Island College International, was knocked down and sank off the coast of Brazil.  Fortunately, all 64 passengers and crew aboard were rescued.  The final … Continue reading

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Report: Poor Training Caused SV Concordia Sinking

In February 2010, the sail training ship Concordia sank off the coast of Brazil.  At the time, the captain said that the ship was hit by a “microburst,” also known as a white squall, a violet storm which struck the … Continue reading

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“Class Afloat” School Ship Concordia Sinks Off Brazil

The West Island College “Class Afloat” school ship Concordia, en route between Recife, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay,  is reported to have sunk last night off the coast of Brazil.   All 64 passengers and crew were reported safe after being  rescued by the Brazilian Navy and Air Force. … Continue reading

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