Mighty: The 57.5-metre long Concordia seen off Bermuda as she set sail on last year’s Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. Many Bermudians have crewed the boat. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
Mighty: The 57.5-metre long Concordia seen off Bermuda as she set sail on last year’s Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. Many Bermudians have crewed the boat. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
Concordia - one of the tall ships that visited Bermuda for last year's ­Atlantic Challenge - has sunk.

The vessel, ­operated by the West Island College Class Afloat ­programme, was carrying 63 people when she went down about 500 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

She sunk in less than 30 minutes. All those on board were rescued.

The ship has previously been crewed by dozens of Bermudians, including Olivia Gracie, 19, who ­returned from a stint on board last month.

Passengers on the damned voyage included a mix of 11th and 12th grade high school students, first-year university students and professional crew.

All boarded life rafts and were picked up two days later by three merchant ships. They will be transferred to a Brazilian navy ship and taken ashore.

The ship was on a 10-month journey from Recife, Brazil, to Montevideo, Uruguay.

The 57.5-metre long ­Concordia was scheduled to ­visit Bermuda on June 16.