'Pirates of the Caribbean' ship, HMS Bounty, sunk from Hurricane Sandy

By Jon Hall,
Captain still missing

Hurricane Sandy has claimed a piece of film history. The HMS Bounty, built in the 1960s and seen in films including Pirates of the Caribbean, was sunk by 30-foot waves caused by Sandy. Even more dramatic, the crew of the ship had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

According to Huffington Post, the HMS Bounty was off the coast of North Carolina when huge waves and wind began to damage the 18th century replica ship. The crew used life rafts to evacuate and by the time the Coast Guard helicopters appeared, the entire ship had sunk, leaving only the lights on top of the mast visible in the water.

The crew consisted of 16 people, 11 men and five women. The ages of the crew ranged from 20 to 63. While the Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 immediately upon arrival, one female crew member was found hours later unresponsive and the other crew member, the captain, is still missing.

While the Bounty's Facebook page acknowledged the danger of the trip, they defended their choice to sail.

"Rest assured that the Bounty is safe and in very capable hands. Bounty's current voyage is a calculated decision...NOT AT ALL... irresponsible or with a lack of foresight as some have suggested. The fact of the matter is... A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT," the Facebook page posted on Saturday.

However, its most recent post is damage control.

"Please bear with us ... There are so many conflicting stories going on now. We are waiting for some confirmation."

"It's one of the biggest seas I've ever been in. It was huge out there," said Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randy Haba. Haba rescued four of the crew from a life raft and another crew member from open water.

The HMS Bounty first appeared in the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. The ship underwent multi-million dollar restorations around ten years ago and has been sailing around the east coast in the spring and summer ever since. The crew was trying to save the iconic ship by sailing calmer waters southward.



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