The HMS Bounty left New London, Conn. Oct. 25 and was headed to St. Petersburg, Fla. when it got caught up in the storm Sunday near North Carolina. The ship's generators failed and the vessel began taking on water, and later on that evening the crew both sent out and eventually rescinded a distress call to the Coast Guard at 6:30 p.m., reports the Los Angeles Times.
The HMS Bounty, a Canadian-built replica 18th century ship -- originally constructed for 1962’sMutiny on the Bounty but later featured in some of the Pirates of the Caribbean films -- got caught in Hurricane Sandy’s fury and began taking on water Monday, forcing crewmembers to scurry into lifeboats off the North Carolina coast.
The Bounty eventually went down on Monday and when the Coast Guard helicopters eventually located the lifeboats later that day, only 14 people were found safe and sound. Two of the crew were missing.
Ten Hours later, Claudene Christian, 42, was pulled from the water, but was unresponsive. The search is still on for the Bounty's captain, Robin Walbridge, 63.
Christian's mother, also named Claudene, told ABC News that she thinks the distress call was rescinded because the crew wanted to save the ship.