HMS Bounty Sinks Off North Carolina; 14 Rescued And 2 Missing From Marlon Brando's 1962 Ship

By Staff Reporter on October 29, 2012 11:12 AM EDT

HMS Bounty
HMS Bounty (Photo: HMS Bounty Facebook page)

Vessel HMS Bounty lost two crew members Monday morning after high seas from Hurricane Sandy battered the ship off the coast of North Carolina while it was en route towards Florida.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, HMS Bounty and its 16-member crew were only 160 miles from the eye of the storm. Suffering from 5.5 meter (18 feet) waves, the crew had no choice to to abandon ship. According to reports, all members wore cold water survival suits and life jackets before boarding a pair of 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

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The battered HMS Bounty took in water and suffered from 40 mph winds without functioning propulsion. Ultimately, the 3-mast, 180-foot vessel sank mere hours after its crew members evacuated.

At 6:30 a.m., the first MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter successfully hoisted five crew members while the second rescued another nine. Now, the search of the remaining two crew members are conducted by the Coast Guard's AC-130 Hercules aircraft and a third Jayhawk rescue helicopter is on the way.

Later today, the 14 survivors are expected to debrief the incident in order for the Coast Guard to find out what had happened to the two lost crew members.

An iconic vessel, the HMS Bounty replica was originally built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando as mutineer Fletcher Christian. Later, the replica was featured on the big screen once again for Johny Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

The original HMS Bounty was a British transport vessel that gained infamy in 1789 for a mutiny in Tahiti.

Finally, take a look at dated video footage of the HMS Bounty replica battling rough seas a hundred miles from Bermuda below:

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