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.
The 180 foot long, 412 gt, three masted sailing vesselHMS Bounty sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Hatteras, North Carolina. The vessel was headed to St. Petersburg, Florida from Connecticut. The vessel had contact with authorities hoping to avoid the hurricane Sandy when it was caught in the storm. The crew of 14 were forced to abandon ship. The crew donned survival suits and life jackets and were getting into life rafts when three were swept into the water. One was able to get back to the life raft, but two others were missing. The Coast Guard was alerted when owners were unable to contact to the vessel. The Coast Guard dispatched helicopters to the scene and were able to winch the 12 survivors to safety. The Coast Guard has launched a search for the two missing crewmen. The HMS Bounty was originally built in 1960-1961 at Lunenberg, Nova Scotia for the MGM film “Mutiny on the Bounty“. More information about the vessel at www.tallshipbounty.org.