UPDATE: HMS Bounty’s Crew Members, all 17 of them have been safely rescued but ship has been abandoned

UPDATE: 9:25 AM PDT: The Guardian Express reported earlier that all crew members of the HHS bounty had been rescued.  Initial reports indicated that there were 17 crewmen on board the ship. Updated information now indicates that there were only 16 crewman aboard the ships, and that 2 of these crewmen failed to make it into the life rafts after abandoning ship.

“The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies,” said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Michael Patterson, “It appears that two crew members didn’t make it onto the life rafts,”

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — HMS Bounty’s crew members all 17 of them have been rescued from the replica of a famous ship that was in distress 160 miles from the eye of Sandy.

Those aboard HMS Bounty were taken to safety via life rafts after helicopters were sent to the location but the ship is still stranded.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180 ft, three mast ship, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late on Sunday evening.

An air crew arrived on the scene and regained contact with the ship after receiving a signal from the emergency position indicated beacon registered to the Bounty.

Tracie Simonin a spokesperson for HMS Bounty, which had been heading for Florida, said: “Our main concern was to save the crew members. The ship has been abandoned and now the coast guard will assess whether it can be saved.”

There are 40mph winds and 18ft waves reported at the scene, which is 90 miles southeast of Hatteras in North Carolina.

The current Bounty was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando and has since appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

The original Bounty is known for the mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789.The Coast Guard has received word that the crew of the HMS Bounty has abandoned ship approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and assess the weather conditions to determine the soonest Coast Guard aircraft or surface assets can be on scene to conduct effective rescue operations.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and reestablished communications with the Bounty’s crew.

The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion. On scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

The good news though is that the crew has been rescued.

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