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Coast Guard probing cause of tall ship's sinking


ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) -- The Coast Guard is investigating the sinking of a tall ship off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.

Rear Adm. Steven Ratti said Friday the review will focus on what caused the sinking of the HMS Bounty off Cape Hatteras.

One crew member died and the captain is missing after the ship went down Monday. The search for 63-year-old Robin Walbridge of St. Petersburg, FL, was suspended late Thursday.

Forty-two-year-old Claudene Christian died as the crew evacuated the ship. The investigation will also consider whether any failure of equipment or personnel contributed to her death.

The investigation is expected to take several months.

The ship was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando, and was featured in several other films.

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Gee I think we all know what caused the sinking

Its called the Capt made a STUPID DECISION to try and sail south right into a bloody Hurricane!!! Hundreds of ships sank off the US Coast built in similar manner over a 200 yr period. Reality is the Capt was more focused on getting back to St Petersburg FL (What some may not know is they left from Rhode Island only a couple days before Sandy was due to hit) due to some artificial deadline he was focused on instead of the safety of the boat and crew. The newsmedia in Tampa/St Pete has been all over this and the overwhelming response is that the Capt made a very very poor decision ultimately. Based on the track either staying put or possibly sailing a 100 mi or so North would have kept the ship safe and they still might have made it back to St Petersburg in time for this deadline for some celebration that was going on. Instead, the Captain likely went down with his ship, another crew member died, and a popular 'living' movie prop is at the bottom of the Atlantic.


This incident has been Suspicious since day 1. It is tragic that the woman lost her life and my sympathy goes out to her family. But the captain has not been found and decided to sail into a hurricane instead of away from it. He stayed behind instead of going in the life raft. Sounds like NCIS investigation. How much is the insurance policy on the ship?