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
HAPPENING NOW…Nova Scotia-built tall ship HMS Bounty is taking on water off Cape Hatteras. Search and rescue op being hampered by #Sandy.
— NEWS 95.7 Halifax (@NEWS957) October 29, 2012
The harrowing rescue was recorded on video.
RAW VIDEO: Rescue of HMS Bounty crew members by the U.S. Coast Guard – http://t.co/MOi2XDbU
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) October 30, 2012
Mad props to the world's coastguard services. We take them for granted, and many do it for nothing. HMS Bounty rescue: http://t.co/Y3FUD2wz
— Dan (@dancraggs) October 30, 2012
Thank God for our Coast Guard! Sadly, two crew members remained missing and were not recovered during the rescue.
— Angelique Lyle (@angeliquelyle) October 29, 2012
Tragically, one crew member was found deceased after the rescue.
— USCG (Official) (@USCG) October 30, 2012
— Mel Drake (@melskunk) October 29, 2012
— بن حماده (@Bin_HAMADA) October 30, 2012
Last moments of the HMS Bounty.. Crew abandoned ship..1 died others rescued by Coast Guard pic.twitter.com/9nt3telQ
— Jimmy Carter (@askjimmycarter) October 30, 2012
— Caroline Spencer (@cclaytonr) October 30, 2012
— The Chronicle Herald (@chronicleherald) October 30, 2012
The captain is still missing. Search and rescue operations continue.
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) October 30, 2012
The deceased crew member has been identified as Claudene Christian.
— Meghan Gordon (@meghangordon) October 30, 2012
Claudene Christian tweeted her excitement about the HMS Bounty ship replica via her Twitter account this summer.
I am in LOVE with my ship… BOUNTY pic.twitter.com/oZgKSrqI
— Claudene Christian (@ClaudeneC) June 24, 2012
Me in the newspaper in Newport, RI aboard the HMS BOUNTY for the Tall Ship of America Festival!!! AWESOM!!! http://t.co/j3XvPVfN
— Claudene Christian (@ClaudeneC) July 11, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Christian’s loved ones. Twitter users also express their condolences.
R.I.P. @claudeneC – Mother nature doing its worst
— Jacqui padden (@FieryRedhead71) October 30, 2012
RIP @ClaudeneC, Hurricane Sandy victim on the H.M.S. Bounty. I still have the doll you gave me years ago. You embodied proud determination.
— Tony Foote (@TheUpperFoot) October 30, 2012
— Icarus Jones (@dstructiondarby) October 30, 2012
@ClaudeneC Rest in Peace. A lovely spirit.
— Kristian Berg (@kristianjl) October 30, 2012
— Kelly Bone (@TheVegFoodie) October 30, 2012
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.