Crew from Historic Replica HMS Bounty Forced to Abandon Ship, Some Crewmembers Missing — Read the Captain’s Last Message
The Coast Guard’s news release stated the life-jacket-wearing crew boarded two life boats among 18-foot seas with 40 mile per hour winds.
The Associated Press reported the crew being composed of 16 members, two of which remained missing. But the Facebook page for the ship says the crew included 17, meaning three would still be unaccounted for. The rescue took place at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, said that the tall ship left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm. The Coast Guard’s news release stated that the ship lost communication late Sunday evening, but it was reestablished by the air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which was dispatched at the ship’s distress call.
According to the Facebook page, this was the last communication from Capt. Robin Walbridge on Sunday:
Good evening Miss Tracie
I think we are going to be into this for several days, the weater looks like even
after the eye goes by it will linger for a couple of daysWe are just going to keep trying to go fast and squeese by the storm and land as
fast as we can.I am thinking that we will pass each other sometime Sunday night or Monday morningAll else is well
Editor’s Note: This is a breaking story and the details differ on some accounts. We will update if more up-to-date numbers become available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.