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Search suspended for missing HMS Bounty captain

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WWAY) -- The search is off for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty. The United States Coast Guard suspended the search Thursday morning 200 miles southeast of Hatteras.

The 18th-century replica tall ship set sail last week and ran into Hurricane Sandy which was moving up the East Coast.

By Monday morning, the ship was taking on water and its engines failed. The crew abandoned ship off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members. Another crew member died.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”

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