When the HMS Bounty’s crew members realized their lives were in danger off the North Carolina coast in the dark morning hours, they made a short journey they hoped they’d never have to take — to two waiting life rafts.
But only 13 of the 16 people aboard got off the ship safely, initially, and only one of the three washed overboard made it into a raft, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker told CNN. That left rescuers scrambling to find them in the frenzied ocean, Parker said.
One of them — the Bounty’s longtime captain, Robin Walbridge — remains missing. The second, deckhand Claudene Christian, was found Monday evening and pronounced dead.
I had the pleasure to tour HMS Bounty a couple times when it visited Halifax as part of the Tall Ships Tours. The loss of such a historic relic is indeed a tragedy. My thoughts are with the families who have los ta loved a love one and those who are still praying for missing Captain Robin Walbridge.
The three-masted, 55-metre ship, built for the 1962 movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, was on its way from New London, Conn., to its winter berth in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was about 260 km from the eye of the hurricane when it foundered.
The web site for HMS Bounty states:
UPDATED NEWS!!!!!!!! We received a distress call for Bounty at 1830 Sunday evening October 28th that the Ship lost power and the pumps were unable to keep up with the dewatering. At that time we immediately contacted the USCG for assistance. A C130 was sent to there position approximately 90 miles SE of Cape Hatteras. Sunday morning approximately 0400, the Captain ordered all hands to abandon ship. There were 16 Crew on board. The USCG dispatched helicopters to rescue the brave crew. At this time, 14 of the 16 crew members have been safely returned to land and are in good health. We are saddened to report that there is still one crew member missing and one crew member that did not make it. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the crew member that is no longer with us. The USCG is continuing their efforts to search for the missing crew member and we are praying for a safe return. Please keep them in your prayers! We will keep everyone informed as info becomes available.