The Bounty and 'MGM' (Photo credit: █ Slices of Light █▀ ▀ ▀)
It appears that the good ship has sunk in this terrible storm in an area that has become a graveyard to many ships like her. It appears 17 are rescued and 2 are still missing. Everyone at The Plain Truth sends our thoughts and prayers to all that are involved. Also a thanks to those brave men in the Coast Guard. Here is the link to The Bounty's Facebook page... Visit them and "like" them and send any thoughts their way. The Virginian Pilot is reporting that: "
Sailors abandoned the HMS Bounty in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday after it took on water during Hurricane Sandy, and the fate of two of its crew in peril.
The Coast Guard is searching the waters off the coast of North Carolina for two missing crew members, including Capt. Robin Walbridge, from the tall ship after rescuing 14 others from lifeboats this morning, a spokesman said. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the other missing crew member is Claudene Christian of Oklahoma.
Coast Guard helicopters plucked the Bounty’s crewmembers from two canopied lifeboats in the Atlantic Ocean, a short time after the crew abandoned ship. The 180-foot, three-mast tall ship had lost propulsion and was taking on water, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Fredrick.
A short time later, the HMS Bounty sunk into the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, Fredrick said.
“They lost their generator and when they lost their generator, they lost their ability to dewater the vessel,” Fredrick said. “That’s when they made their decision to abandon ship.”
Survivors told Coast Guard officials that three of the crew were thrown overboard while they were getting into the lifeboats. One man was able to swim to the life rafts but two others were pulled away.
Everyone was wearing cold water suits and life vests, which means they have a good chance of surviving until they can be rescued, Fredrick said."