Shipwrecked Students Rescued in Brazil

February 22, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
Survivors of the capsized Canadian Concordia sailing ship arrive at the Mocangue Brazilian navy base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Feb. 20. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)
Survivors of the capsized Canadian Concordia sailing ship arrive at the Mocangue Brazilian navy base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Feb. 20. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

The international students and crew who spent two nights adrift on a capsized ship in the Atlantic Ocean, were safely rescued on Friday.

The 48 students and 16 crewmembers went adrift several hundred miles off the Brazilian coast last Wednesday afternoon.

The students were on a Class Afloat program with teenagers coming from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

The CEO of the Canadian West Island College operating Class Afloat expressed concern that the students were left adrift for a prolonged time.

Although the Brazilian navy received a distress signal from the ship on Wednesday, it hesitated to deploy a search aircraft for 19 hours due to the distress signal not being clear.