One crew member is dead and the captain of the famous HMS Bounty is still missing tonight, after the ship sank in heavy seas spawned by Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina.
The HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” and has been used in several other films.
The owner of the ship was in Denver when the distressing phone calls started coming in.
“Somehow we lost power, and our generator, and our main engines, and as a result we could not pump any water out of the boat, and there were 18 foot seas, and the water was coming in and coming through the boat,” said Bob Hansen.
Hansen says the water proved to be too much for the crew. “The captain decided that it wasn’t safe and he basically had everybody get into survival suits and they abandoned ship,” he said.
The coast guard rescued 14 crew members.
Deckhand Claudene Christian was found unresponsive and later died at the hospital.
The captain, Robin Walbridge, was still missing Monday night.
Bob Hansen is stunned. He says the captain was aware of the storm and trying to head east to avoid it. “I don’t really question his judgment. He knows the ship, he's been captain of her for over 20 years,” Hansen said.