With Hurricane Sandy causing damage up and down the East Coast, one of the Tall Ships had to be abandoned off the coast of North Carolina for two lifeboats. The crew members were dealing with 18-foot-tall waves and 40-mph winds on Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. Coast Guard helicopters were able to save 14 of the crew members as they picked them up out of the Atlantic Ocean early this morning. Unfortunately, two of the crew members are still unaccounted for and are being searched for by a C-130 aircraft and a Jayhawk crew is on the way to help the search and rescue effort, the Coast Guard reported.
The Tall Ship, named “The Bounty” was en route to St. Petersburg, Florida for a weekend visit when it hit the storm and had to be abandoned. The Bounty has appeared in several films, including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Treasure Island”.
As can be expected, the Coast Guard has “diminished search and rescue capabilities” as Sandy batters the East Coast.
For some, Hurricane Sandy is evoking memories and being compared to the nor’easter that struck off New England in 1991 and inspired the best-selling book and movie “The Perfect Storm.”
Ray Leonard, who fortunately survived “The Perfect Storm” on his sailboat before being rescued by the Coast Guard, said “The one I was in was different, because you could do something. In Sandy, you can’t do much,” Leonard said.
As Sandy continues to make its path up the East Coast all of our thoughts and prayers are with the two crew members missing and everyone else in harm’s way.
Photo: The Bounty Tall Ship
- Crew abandons tall ship HMS Bounty (abcactionnews.com)
- Hurricane Sandy forces crew of Nova Scotia-built tall ship, HMS Bounty, to abandon ship amid 5.5-metre waves (news.nationalpost.com)
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