Captain still missing as tall ship sinks off Hatteras

By on October 29, 2012

The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman and is searching for the captain of the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski.)

(Photos courtesy of HMS Bounty Organization LLC)

The body of a woman was found during an all-day rescue mission that saved 14 crew members of the HMS Bounty in high seas 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.

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.

Bounty’s Facebook page documents the decision to leave New London, Conn. »

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.

Read more about the Bounty »

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October 31, 2012 8:33 pm

Thank god for the men and women in the Coast Guard.No matter why they were there The Coast Guard did a great job.


October 31, 2012 11:13 am

Thank GOD for our Coast Guard men & women….they are heroes once again.


October 31, 2012 12:23 am

Not meant to be mean, but why was this boat out there in the first place. The weather reports were in place. My heart goes out to the families and those who suffored. But it was reported that this was gonna be like or wrose than the perfect storm, why were they out there?


October 30, 2012 3:53 pm

Whose bright idea was it to put this beautiful ship in the middle of a hurricane- Putting all their lives at Risk ??? This tradgedy is so Sad and so Preventable !!!!!


October 30, 2012 9:57 am

Good job Coast Guard I’m so sorry for the families of the woman & captain.
But why is it always a sailboat in these storms.Just asking


October 29, 2012 9:03 pm

Bless the Coast Guard Elizabeth City and my thoughts and prayers to the crew of the ship and the family of the two lost. It is such a shame that they didn’t seek shelter.


October 29, 2012 7:45 pm

Our hearts are with those folks.


October 29, 2012 1:59 pm

Coast Guard Elizabeth City….heroes again! God bless them, they are the absolute best!


October 29, 2012 10:12 am

Why didn’t this ship make to to port last week? There was certainly enough warning. I pray for the safety of the two missing crew members.


October 29, 2012 8:54 am

Seems like someone on the crew would have checked the weather forecast before weighing anchor…

Mary March

October 29, 2012 8:21 am

Was it also in Pirates of The Caribbean as reported by CNN? Is that correct?

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