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Students rescued as sailing ship capsizes

Published 20/02/2010

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

All 64 pupils, staff and crew were rescued by nearby vessels. High winds and rough seas were blamed for the accident.

The ship 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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