October 29, 2012

#Sandy Video: Coast Guard Rescues 14, Searches for 2 from HMS Bounty

Via CTV News

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 members of a crew forced to abandon the Canadian-built tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast and continued to search for two other crew members Monday.

The crew members were rescued by two helicopters around dawn after the ship started taking on water and they moved into two lifeboats, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill said. He had no immediate word on their conditions.

The historic-looking ship was built at Smith and Ruhland Shipyard in Lunenburg, N.S., for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty," which starred Marlin Brando, the HMS Bounty Organization website said. It was also used in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

The rescue took place amid 5.5-metre waves.[More...]

The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, and two people remain missing. The first MH-60 Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people and all were taken to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., with no life-threatening conditions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.[More....]
Prayers are with the two missing and hoping they will be rescued soon.

Follow @USCG for updates. Also, @Wunderground on Twitter and their website here for latest updates on Sandy.

A crane has partially collapsed in Midtown Manhattan. Emergency response vehicles are on the scene. Live shot of the crane here

Update: One crew member has been found, sigh

PORTSMOUTH, Va. The Coast Guard recovered the body of a woman and continues to search for a man missing in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday.

Recovered was:

Claudene Christian, 42

Missing is:

Robin Walbridge, 63

A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., located Christian who was unresponsive, hoisted her into the helicopter and took her to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.

Thoughts and prayers for her family.

By Stable Hand at 01:25 PM | Comments |