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BRIEF: Coast Guard issues report on sinking of HMS Bounty

June 12, 2014

By Aaron Applegate, The Virginian-Pilot



June 12--The most critical factor in the sinking of the tall ship Bounty was a failure in "oversight" and "risk management," according to a long-awaited Coast Guard report on the sinking put out today.

The Bounty sank on Oct. 29, 2012, off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy. It had set sail from New London, Ct., and was bound for Florida.

The 100-page report also identified issues with the ship's official classification. Bounty was treated as a recreational vessel for regulatory purposes, but that didn't reflect the range of the ship's uses.

The ship rolled in the pre-dawn darkness, tossing crew members into the churning sea. They struggled to free themselves from the ship's rigging, while dodging heaving masts that slammed into the water.

The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members. Another, Claudene Christian, 42, died, and the captain, Robin Walbridge, 63, was never found.

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