(@WGRZ) October 30, 2012
A heartbreaking turn of events last night off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. A tall ship replica HMS Bounty was caught in the storm, with 16 crew members aboard.
17 aboard a tall ship with no power in the hurricane off the Carolina coast.. Coast Guard has located.. Rescue possibilites explored—
Jimmy Carter (@askjimmycarter) October 29, 2012
Bounty org and U.S. Coast Guard originally thought there were 17 aboard, but manifest showed 16. Two are missing – Cullen Rafferty, U.S. CG.—
P. Brooks Arenburg (@PBrooksArenburg) October 29, 2012
The harrowing rescue was recorded on video.
Thank God for our Coast Guard! Sadly, two crew members remained missing and were not recovered during the rescue.
Tragically, one crew member was found deceased after the rescue.
The captain is still missing. Search and rescue operations continue.
The deceased crew member has been identified as Claudene Christian.
Claudene Christian tweeted her excitement about the HMS Bounty ship replica via her Twitter account this summer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Christian’s loved ones. Twitter users also express their condolences.
Rest in peace, Claudene Christian.
Our thoughts continue to be with the captain as well and we pray for his safe recovery. Twitchy will monitor this story and update with further developments.