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Coast Guard to convene formal hearing for Bounty sinking

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a hearing on the sinking of a replica of the HMS Bounty last year off the Outer Banks.

The tall ship sank and two crew members died after it got caught in Hurricane Sandy October 29.

The hearing will run February 12-21 in Portsmouth, VA. The Coast Guard says the investigation will examine the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels.

The NTSB can make recommendations on issues to consider, identify and examine witnesses and submit or request additional evidence in the course of the investigation.

The Tall Ship Bounty sank approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras. The Coast Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles after receiving a distress call.

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