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HMS Bounty Wrecked by Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday 31 October 2012
The 180 foot replica of HMS Bounty which put to sea on Thursday in order to survive the superstorm that battered America's eastern seaboard has foundered. The tall ship ran into trouble on Sunday evening when she lost power and could not pump out water.

Despite the heroic efforts of the USCG helicopter crews, who saved 14 of the crew safely, one crew member sadly died and Captain Walbridge is missing.

There is a lot of speculation on the Internet from people who say that it is crazy for a ship like this to go to sea when bad weather is so publicised. The truth is that no ship like her would have survived if she had been left in port. There is also anger from some that males were rescued from the scene before the female crew member that died. Such opinions are not helpful and no doubt stem from an ignorance about how extreme such incidents are. It is unrealistic to expect the rescue jumper to spot, identify and rescue only the women first given the visibility, violence, noise, clothing, time on scene and disparate rafts/people in water that are common in these situations.