Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Coast Guard rescues 15 from HMS Bounty
The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from the sea early Monday morning after the historic ship HMS Bounty took on water off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.
The Bounty is a 180-foot replica of an 18th century ship in the 1962 movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty. The crew was abandoning ship onto two lifeboats during the night, and three people were swept into the water. One was hauled back into the lifeboat, but two disappeared.
After it was abandoned, the ship sank.
Many hours later, a 15th survivor, a woman said to be "unresponsive," was recovered and taken to the hospital. Claudene Christian was taken to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, where she was later declared dead.
The search is still on for a missing man, Captain Robin Walbridge, 63. The Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday for the captain, and was optimistic Walbridge could still be alive in his red survival suit.
"There's a lot of factors that go into survivability. Right now we're going to continue to search. Right now we're hopeful," Coast Guard Capt. Joe Kelly said.
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