Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Crew member found but unresponsive

The HMS Bounty submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy (AP/US Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski)
The HMS Bounty submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy (AP/US Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski)
Two crew members of the HMS Bounty went missing off the coast of North Carolina

One of two people missing from a tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy after the crew was forced to abandon it amid fierce winds and high seas has been found but is unresponsive, the Coast Guard said.

Lt Mike Patterson said crews are taking 42-year-old Claudene Christian to hospital.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the captain of HMS Bounty.

US Coast Guard helicopters rescued 14 others from lifeboats launched after HMS Bounty ran into trouble off North Carolina.

The director of the HMS Bounty Organisation, Tracie Simonin, said the ship left Connecticut last week for Florida. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Centre and tried to go around the storm.

The ship is a replica of the one made famous in the 1960 film Mutiny On The Bounty, and it was used in that film. It was also used in the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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