HMS Bounty Sinks; 14 Crew Members Rescued, One Dead & One Missing

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM CDT

Hatteras, NC (Northland's NewsCenter) - Hurricane Sandy has claimed a famed summertime Duluth attraction, the tall ship HMS Bounty.

The schooner reportedly sunk Monday morning off the coast of North Carolina.

The US Coast Guard says the crew abandoned the180 foot ship when it reportedly began taking on water as it faced 40 mph winds and 18' seas.

The rescue unfolded on the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras North Carolina. The Bounty's last reported position was around 160 miles away from Hurricane Sandy's eye.

14 crew members made it to safety during the morning rescue. Later in the day a 15th person was found, but reported to be unresponsive and was later pronounced dead. The 16th crew member, reportedly the captain of the ship, remains missing.

"It's pretty amazing that many people got in the rafts in those conditions, when a ship starts going down, it's pretty amazing we got that many people in the raft," said Steve Cervney, a lead pilot with the Coast Guard.

"It went down pretty quick," Randy Haba, a rescue swimmer, said about the ship. "A lot of guys got scrapped up pretty good, bruises on the face, one guy had a hurt arm and hurt back."

The HMS Bounty was in Duluth in 2010 as part of the Tall Ship Festival and was tentatively scheduled to sail in again next year as part of the 2013 festival.

It was en route to Florida.

The replica ship was originally built for the film 'Mutiny on the Bounty' in 1962 and since then has appeared in the 'Pirates of The Caribbean' franchise movies.

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