Students spend 40 hours in lifeboats

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Dozens of sailing students were forced to spend more than 40 hours in life rafts being battered by huge seas, after their training ship sank last Wednesday off the coast of Brazil.

The three-masted SV Concordia was part of the way through a five month voyage around the world when a sudden, vertical blast of wind knocked the 188-foot-long ship on its side, forcing the 48 students and 16 training staff to scramble for the lifeboats before it sank.

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