Video: Dramatic rescue of crew members from HMS Bounty, two missing
The crew that were sailing the vessel 90 miles off the coast of North Carolina were forced to abandon ship due to the huge waves and gale force winds caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Two crew members are still missing after they and their team abandoned the 180ft three-masted HMS Bounty for two lifeboats, the US Coast Guard reported.
After fighting waves towering 18 feet high and winds of 40 mph, the 16 crew members fled the HMS Bounty, which appeared in adventure films Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
According to the Daily Telegraph, two helicopters came to the rescue, with the first MH-60 Jayhawk hoisting five people to safety, and a second helicopter rescuing nine people.
A C-130 Hercules aircraft was searching for the two missing crew members.
The Coast Guard said: "The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies."
The ship was on its way from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida, said Tracie Simonin, director of the Bounty. She said she was unsure how the captain attempted the navigate the storm.
It is unclear whether the vessel can be saved, but, said Simonin: "The last we heard the ship was still upright."
The crew abandoned the ship, which had lost propulsion, after it began taking on water, the Coast Guard said, according to the Associated Press.
The ship was trapped in 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas about 160 miles west of the eye of the hurricane, according to a Coast Guard statement.
According to USA Today, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, told ABC's Good Morning America that at the time of the distress call, the ship was taking on two feet of water an hour. It had about 10 feet of water when the crew abandoned the ship.
The original Bounty, a British transport vessel, gained infamy for a mutiny in Tahiti in 1789.
The 1962 movie about the incident, Mutiny On The Bounty, starred Marlon Brando as lead mutineer Fletcher Christian.
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