Reports state one of the two missing crew was located by rescuers. The crewman was found unresponsive and flown to a North Carolina hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Coast Guard has continued the search for the vessel’s captain who was swept overboard by a large wave before he and one other crewman could get into the vessel’s liferaft.
The HMS Bounty had left Connecticut on October 25 headed for St. Petersburg, Florida. The crew hoped the sailing vessel would be able to safely skirt by Hurricane Sandy, but the vessel caught part of the hurricane off North Carolina. The Bounty lost power and began to flood as winds reached 40 mph and 18-foot seas. The crew was able to send out a distress call to the Coast Guard who dispatched aircraft and helicopters to the scene.