Harrowing rescue of HMS Bounty; Victim identified as Claudene Christian


A heartbreaking turn of events last night off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. A tall ship replica HMS Bounty was caught in the storm, with 16 crew members aboard.

17 aboard a tall ship with no power in the hurricane off the Carolina coast.. Coast Guard has located.. Rescue possibilites explored

— Jimmy Carter (@askjimmycarter) October 29, 2012

Bounty org and U.S. Coast Guard originally thought there were 17 aboard, but manifest showed 16. Two are missing – Cullen Rafferty, U.S. CG.

— P. Brooks Arenburg (@PBrooksArenburg) October 29, 2012

HAPPENING NOW…Nova Scotia-built tall ship HMS Bounty is taking on water off Cape Hatteras. Search and rescue op being hampered by #Sandy.

— News 95.7 (@News957) October 29, 2012

The harrowing rescue was recorded on video.

RAW VIDEO: Rescue of HMS Bounty crew members by the U.S. Coast Guard – youtu.be/2MXdi7Libg8

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) October 30, 2012

Mad props to the world’s coastguard services. We take them for granted, and many do it for nothing. HMS Bounty rescue: youtu.be/2MXdi7Libg8

— Dan (@dancraggs) October 30, 2012

Thank God for our Coast Guard! Sadly, two crew members remained missing and were not recovered during the rescue.

My old college friend @claudenec is one of the missing. @latimes: Majestic tall ship sinks, 14 rescued 2 missing lat.ms/XMLNFC

— Angelique Lyle (@angeliquelyle) October 29, 2012

Tragically, one crew member was found deceased after the rescue.

@jganley3 @hellerweather 1 was recovered, 1 still missing goo.gl/E4nDS

— USCG (Official) (@USCG) October 30, 2012

Just confirmed @claudenec has been retrieved dead from the water after the sinking of the Bounty due to Sandy #rescue

— Mel Drake (@melskunk) October 29, 2012

“bbcworld @bdsilverman photo of #Bounty hit by storm #Sandy. 1 crew member was found “unresponsive”, a 2nd i instagr.am/p/RZ8-AfMeFO/

— Bin Hamada (@Bin_HAMADA) October 30, 2012

Last moments of the HMS Bounty.. Crew abandoned ship..1 died others rescued by Coast Guard twitter.com/askjimmycarter…

— Jimmy Carter (@askjimmycarter) October 30, 2012

Great coverage of the intense rescue>>“@newsobserver: 1 dead, captain missing as Sandy claims ship off NC coast. bit.ly/PggNvD

— Caroline Spencer (@cclaytonr) October 30, 2012

Bounty story updated, captain still missing, crew member dead, adds photo from U.S. Coast Guard bit.ly/UcKBGv twitter.com/chronicleheral…

— The Chronicle Herald (@chronicleherald) October 30, 2012

The captain is still missing. Search and rescue operations continue.

USCG search still on for the captain of the Bounty, missing at sea. Here’s our live location for @gma twitter.com/mattgutmanABC/…

— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) October 30, 2012

The deceased crew member has been identified as Claudene Christian.

Woman who died as HMS Bounty sank was Miss Alaska National Teen-ager 1987. bit.ly/Sr7QjK Her in June: bit.ly/S9CmLc

— Meghan Gordon (@meghangordon) October 30, 2012

Claudene Christian tweeted her excitement about the HMS Bounty ship replica via her Twitter account this summer.

I am in LOVE with my ship… BOUNTY twitter.com/ClaudeneC/stat…

— Claudene Christian (@ClaudeneC) June 24, 2012

Me in the newspaper in Newport, RI aboard the HMS BOUNTY for the Tall Ship of America Festival!!! AWESOM!!! newportdailynews.com/ee/newportdail…

— Claudene Christian (@ClaudeneC) July 11, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Christian’s loved ones. Twitter users also express their condolences.

R.I.P. @claudenec – Mother nature doing its worst

— Jacqui padden (@FieryRedhead71) October 30, 2012

RIP @claudenec, Hurricane Sandy victim on the H.M.S. Bounty. I still have the doll you gave me years ago. You embodied proud determination.

— Tony Foote (@TheUpperFoot) October 30, 2012

My heart is broken for #HMSBounty and @claudenec ‘s family.

— Shane Mayhem (@dstructiondarby) October 30, 2012

@claudenecRest in Peace.A lovely spirit.

— Kristian Berg (@kristianjl) October 30, 2012

@betometrodos She was clearly doing something she loved. May the wind and the waves carry her home. @imtheq @claudenec

— Bob Dobolina (@bobdobolina) October 30, 2012

@claudenec‘s twitter is incredibly touching. She loved that ship… #HMSBounty #bounty

— Kelly Bone(@TheVegFoodie) October 30, 2012

Sad! A victim of hurricane #Sandy. She was doing what she loved! RIP!! RT @claudenec I am in LOVE with my ship. BOUNTY twitter.com/ClaudeneC/stat…

— John Vincent (@OC_Guy) October 30, 2012

Rest in peace, Claudene Christian.

Our thoughts continue to be with the captain as well and we pray for his safe recovery. Twitchy will monitor this story and update with further developments.

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