On October 29, 2012, the 3-masted wooden tall ship Bounty, a 1960’s-built replica of the 18th century Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty, foundered and sank in Atlantic Ocean off Hatteras, North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.
Responding to the scene, United States Coast Guard helicopter crews rescued 14 sailors from two life rafts. Tragically, the sinking killed Captain Robin Walbridge and 42-year old crewmember Claudene Christian.
Here is a look back at the Bounty sinking and rescue in photos and video:
The first MH-60 Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft. A second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people and all were taken to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., with non life-threatening conditions.
Below, rescued crewmembers from the sunken Bounty arrive Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. on Monday, October 29, 2012.
The Coast Guard’s search area for the Bounty is shown for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, as cutters and aircraft continued the search for the missing Captain over an area of 12,000 square miles. Ms. Christian’s body was recovered from the water the previous day. The search for Captain Walbridge was called off November 1, 2012.
For their efforts, the Coast Guard crews who assisted in the Bounty rescue were awarded with the prestigious Shipmate of The Week Award by the US Coast Guard.
In the photo below, Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp, Vice Adm. John Currier, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard and Capt. Joseph Kelly, commanding officer of Air Station Elizabeth City, pose for a photo Oct. 31, 2012 with the aircrews and operation specialist who were directly involved in the Oct. 29 2012 of the Bounty rescue.
Mario Vittone: Full Bounty Hearings Coverage:
- Day 8: The Whole Truth
- Day 7: The 17th Passenger
- Day 6: The Cost of Waiting
- Day 5: Sins of Omission
- Day 4: The Illusion of Experience
- Day 3: Testimony Highlights the Complexity
- Day 2: Rotted Frames on Bounty
- Day 1: Chief Mate Testifies