Sunday 17 December 2017

Search continues for captain as HMS Bounty replica ship sunk by giant waves

The ship began taking on water and the crew had to abandon it at about 5am yesterday in the rough waters churned up by Sandy.
The ship began taking on water and the crew had to abandon it at about 5am yesterday in the rough waters churned up by Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy claimed one of the world's most spectacular replica tall ships as giant waves off North Carolina sank HMS Bounty, which was built for the 1962 film 'Mutiny On The Bounty' and, more recently, took a supporting role in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'.

The US Coast Guard found one of the missing crew members -- 42-year-old Claudene Christian -- but she was dead.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the captain, Robin Walbridge.

The ship began taking on water and the crew had to abandon it at about 5am yesterday in the rough waters churned up by Sandy.

The 14 other crew members were earlier rescued after the coast guard received an emergency call late on Sunday.

It then received a distress signal from the captain, who said Bounty was taking on water at a rate of 2ft per hour because power had been lost, putting its bilge pumps out of action.

The overnight operation began with the deployment of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft to search for the ship. At about 4.30am, the captain determined that Bounty was sinking and ordered all on board to abandon ship.

Fourteen survivors were plucked from lifeboats before dawn amid 18ft waves. The ship was bound for Florida when Sandy blew up and moved north. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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