Coast Guard rescues 14, 2 missing from HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy

11:26 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard is taking 14 crew members, who were rescued off the ship HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy, to an air station.  

Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandyn Hill says the 14 people were rescued by two Coast Guard helicopters about 6:30 a.m. Monday. The members were forced to abandon the ship HMS Bounty, which  was caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks.  

The survivors were being taken to Air Station Elizabeth City on the North Carolina coast. 

The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, says that the tall ship left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. She says the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm.

The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members.

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