Portsmouth, VA (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty.
The captain, Robin Walbridge, 63, was the last of a 16 member crew unaccounted for after abandoning ship Monday morning. The 180 foot ship had started taking on water earlier during its trip to Florida.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”
Coast Guard crews searched more than 90 hours, covering approximately 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean since Monday.
14 crew members were rescued Monday morning. A 15th person was found later in the day, but passed away.