HMS Bounty Captain Still Unaccounted For Following Dramatic Rescue

By KBJR News 1

The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Of the 16-person crew, the Coast Guard rescued 14, recovered a woman and is searching for the captain of the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski.

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM CST

Portsmouth, VA (Northland's NewsCenter) - The US Coast Guard is still searching for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty that sunk off the east coast after taking on water in Hurricane Sandy.

63-year-old Captain, Robin Walbridge and 15 crew members were on board the 180 foot sailboat Sunday when they sent out a distress call.

In a dramatic rescue Monday morning the Coast Guard braved 40 mile per hour winds and 18 foot seas to pull 14 members to safety.

A 15th member, 42 year-old Claudene Christian, was found unresponsive late Monday.

She was later pronounced dead.

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