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Wife of tall ship captain awaits word on his fate

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TAMARA LUSH
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) -- The wife of the captain of a ship that sank off the North Carolina coast is awaiting news on her husband, who is missing at sea after the Bounty was overcome by Hurricane Sandy.

Claudia McCann told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband, Robin Walbridge, is an experienced sailor who has been in many storms.

The Coast Guard is searching for the 63-year-old Walbridge after finding his crew. Fourteen crew members were in good condition, but one woman had died. The Bounty took on water and the crew abandoned ship Monday morning in the rough waters.

McCann says she last heard from her husband on Saturday in an email, when he assured her that he and the crew were prepared for the voyage.

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