Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada
February 19, 2021
Prime Minister Harper today issued the following statement in response to rescue efforts by Brazilian Navy and merchant vessel crews following the sinking of Canadian tall ship SV Concordia off the coast of Rio de Janeiro:
“On behalf of all of Canadians, I would like to thank both the Brazilian Navy and merchant vessel crews for their swift and heroic response, saving the lives of all 64 passengers on board the Canadian tall ship SV Concordia, which sank in rough waters yesterday several hundred kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
“The skill and compassion demonstrated by Brazilian rescuers is a tribute to their training, spirit and seamanship. Their efforts are deeply appreciated by Canada and will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to the young Canadians who were aboard the SV Concordia.
“We are deeply relieved that tragedy was averted and that members of the crew will soon be home safe and sound.”
Canadians who had family members aboard the SV Concordia can contact the following emergency operations number at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: 1-800-387-3124.
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