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.

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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.

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