Chris Muir's Day By Day

Monday, October 29, 2012

Meanwhile, Off North Carolina's Outer Banks...

...the crew of the tall ship replica of HMS Bounty are abandoning the ship in the face of Hurricane Sandy:

Donning survival suits and boarding life boats, the crew of a tall ship in distress off North Carolina's Outer Banks abandoned the vessel as Hurricane Sandy swirled toward the East Coast, the Coast Guard said early Monday.

The 17 people aboard the HMS Bounty got into two 25-foot lifeboats with canopies, wearing survival suits and life jackets, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert in Portsmouth, Va., said.

The Coast Guard was trying to determine whether to use cutters or helicopters to rescue the crew, based on the current ocean conditions, Weydert said. Winds of 40 mph and 18-foot seas were reported at the ship, about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Click the link to read the rest. Not for nothing is the area off the North Carolina Outer Banks called "the Graveyard of the Atlantic."

Update:She sank. Possibly 2 unaccounted for.


ProudHillbilly said...

Sad for loss of life but what were they thinking? We've known about Sandy for days.

Rev. Paul said...

The loss was preventable, unless I'm missing something. It's not like Sandy snuck up on them.

Murphy's Law said...

Damn shame, that.

Secesh said...

Only one missing now, the captain. A woman was found dead.

ASM826 said...

I figure in a couple of centuries, someone will find this wreck and be completely confused. "Look, a 3 masted wooden ship, must be really old!...Wait, it has engines and electronics, when were those invented?"