By Rob Morris on October 29, 2012
The 63-year-old captain was still missing.
The crew abandoned the vessel after the Coast Guard was contacted by the owner, who had lost touch with the vessel. The ship was without power and taking on water.
The crew had put on cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching two 25-man lifeboats with canopies, the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard C-130 and three helicopters were involved in the rescue. The 14 crew members were flown to the air station in Elizabeth City, where emergency medical services personnel were waiting.
An emergency radio beacon confirmed the position of the 180-foot, three-masted ship.
The ship was in 18-foot seas and 40 mph winds about 160 miles west of the eye of Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard reported late in the day that the ship had sunk, although a mast was still visible.
The Bounty was built in 1960 for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” which starred Marlon Brando. It has since sailed to different ports as a tourist attraction.
It was built using the 200-year-old plans of the original Bounty that inspired the story.