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2 missing from storm-hit ship off US

2012-10-29 15:39

Portsmouth — The US Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off North Carolina.

The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members. It corrected the total number of crew to 16 from 17.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill says 14 people were rescued by two helicopters at about 06:30 local time on Monday.

The director of the HMS Bounty Organisation, Tracie Simonin, says 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.

Comments
  • tcCarla - 2012-10-29 16:30

    from the Bounty's website - [03:01:24 PM] Carla James: 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. At 0430 Sunday Morning the Captain ordered all hands to abandon ship. There are 17 Crew on board and at this moment all crew are accounted for and are in Life rafts. The first USCG helicopter has reached the ship and is in the process of rescuing them. Bounty is currently still floating upright and intact. We will keep everyone informed as info becomes available

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-10-29 16:35

    "Oh hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea"

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-10-29 18:39

      you may have to cry a bit louder - it doesn't seem like anyone is listening, except for the Coast Guard, and i suspect that's not who you meant...

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