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Gorch Fock sets sail for home

The Local · 31 Jan 2011, 10:58

Published: 31 Jan 2011 10:58 GMT+01:00

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The Gorch Fock left the southern Argentinean port of Ushuaia on Sunday afternoon in accordance with orders to return to northern Germany, a journey which is expected to take around three months, a spokesman said.

The vessel was ordered home after what has been described as a "mutiny," when cadets reportedly refused orders to climb the rigging following the death of a 25-year-old woman cadet in late November.

Sara Lena Seele plunged to her death from a yardarm of the sailing ship off Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

Press reports have said cadets were bullied, sexually harassed, threatened and made to clean up the vomit of their drunken superiors, who reportedly spent much of their time on the pride of the German navy sunbathing and partying.

Pending an enquiry, Defence Minister Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg suspended the ship’s commander Norbert Schatz, who reports said was often seen on board in swimming trunks.

Schatz was ordered to fly home and the ship set sail under the command of a replacement captain.

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Meanwhile the father of another woman cadet on the Gorch Fock who fell overboard and drowned in 2008 has called for a new probe into the accident.


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Your comments about this article

22:34 January 31, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Am trying to improve my German. Can anyone tell me what or whom the ship is name after? What does "Gorch Fock" mean?
23:06 January 31, 2011 by coot
Wikipedia has an article about this ship and the man it was named for

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