Niagara Gazette

Web Extra

October 29, 2012

14 rescued, 2 missing from replica tall ship sunk by Sandy

Coast Guard helicopters Monday rescued 14 of 16 crew members from a replica 18th- century tall ship in the path of Hurricane Sandy 90 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

The search continued for the two missing crew members of the 180-foot three-master HMS Bounty, which sunk in the turbulent ocean about 160 miles from the eye of the hurricane.

Coast Guard officials said a Jayhawk helicopter arrived on the scene about 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people to safety, and a second helicopter arrived shortly thereafter to rescue nine more crew members.

A third helicopter and a C-130 Hercules aircraft were searching for the two missing crew members.

The ship issued a distress signal late Sunday night after it began taking on water, the Coast Guard said.

Officials said all 16 sailors eventually abandoned the sinking ship, donning cold water survivial suits and life jackets. They also launched two 25-man lifeboats with canopies, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said 50 mph winds and 18-foot waves hindred the rescue mission.

The HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty," starring Marlon Brando. It was also used in other films, including one of Johnny Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

The ship visited New England ports this summer and fall, and was headed from New London, Conn., to St. Petersburg, Fla., when it got caught in the hurricane.
---
Details for this story were provided by the Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass., and the U. S. Coast Guard.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Web Extra
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page