Shown here, 3 lifeboats carrying some of the 64 students and crew that were rescued after the tall ship Concordia sank 344 miles off the coast of Rio de Janiero Wednesday, February 17th. According to Amver:
The Crystal Pioneer, an Amver participant since November 2008, located the lifeboats early Friday morning February 19th. New reports stated the Crystal Pioneer could not begin rescue operations until first light due to the darkness and rough seas. The Crystal Pioneer, managed by MMS Company Ltd, rescued 20 people while the Hokuetsu Delight, managed by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, rescued the remaining 44 students and crew. The Hokuetsu Delight has been participating in Amver for 10 years.
Amazingly, all 64 students and crew were rescued, unharmed, after approximately 40 hours adrift at sea. More images can be seen on Amver’s flickr page, HERE.
Above photo courtesy of Amver and Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd
The below graphic, provided by The Globe and Mail, demonstrates just what caused the Concordia to go down (click for larger image). Thanks to Peter Mello of Sea-fever.org for point us to this.