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.

The harrowing rescue was recorded on video.

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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.

  • Vividiorque

    Thank you for posting this. A sense of pride overwhelms you watching the skill and bravery of our U.S coast guard. It’s heart wrenching to learn of the loss of one Bounty crew member and possibly the captain. Prayers to their families and loved ones.

  • dave lewis

    It’s a shame that she and probably the captain died. Has there been any reason given why the captain thought he could gut it out? I know that ships moored in ports can have a lot of damage done to them, but at the end of the day the ship is just a thing, and not nearly as important as people.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Dave, It’s routine for the Navy to get underway for anchorage or out to sea if a hurricane is going to hit near their base. It’s not so much the damage that might result to the hull, but if the tide surge is too much they could break the mooring lines or tear out the pier fixtures and end up aground.

      This Captain must have thought he was trailing far enough behind the storm, but events proved him wrong. The sea is indeed a cruel mistress and does not tolerate foolishness lightly. There are many safe harbors along the Atlantic coast and Bounty should have been taking advantage of that.

    • GaryTheBrave

      The Captain goes down with his ship. That’s the tradition of the sea.

  • Bob Richards

    Marlon Brando’s character in “Mutiny on the Bounty” was also name Christian. What a weird coincidence. Those USCG guys and gals don’t get paid enough. They have my full admiration and respect.

    • ChHarrison

      Fletcher Christian (Marlon Brando’s character) was the name of the real-life officer who lead the muntiny and settled the crew on an uncharted Pacific island. I do wonder if this young lady was a descendent.

      • GaryTheBrave

        That uncharted island is Pitcairn Island. Some of Christian descendants still live there.

    • LouAnnWatson

      let’s pay them more and welfare drones less…

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    O God that’s a shame all around. I was aboard that ship when she was in Fall River, Mass., years ago.