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Bounty captain claimed he chased hurricanes

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(WWAY) -- As we told you Thursday night at 11, the Coast Guard has called off the search for missing HMS Bounty Captain Robin Walbridge.

Now, a formal inquiry into the sinking of the tall ship during hurricane Sandy is underway. A TV interview with Walbridge may also shed some light on what happened. In the August 12 interview in Maine, Walbridge said there is no such thing as bad weather.

“We run into stormy seas. We chase hurricanes.” Walbridge told a reporter for a Community TV station in Maine. The reporter then asked Walbridge, what it is like to chase hurricanes.

“You try to get up as close to the eye as you can, and you stay down in the south east quadrant and when it stops you stop, you don’t want to get in front of it. You’ll get a good ride out of the hurricane.” Walbridge replied.

The HMS Bounty left Maine October 22 for Florida. In 18-foot waves and 45 mile per hour winds, Walbridge reportedly ordered the crew to abandon ship early Monday off North Carolina.

42-year-old crew member Claudene Christian died. Fourteen Crew members were rescued

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