HMS Bounty Sinks in Sandy Wrath

Historic sailing ship goes down off the North Carolina coast, forcing the crew to be rescued.
3:00 | 10/30/12

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Amid the gale force winds and giant storm waves as an incredible drama played out on the open seas today it was a high stakes helicopter rescue. After a replica of a two year old ship sailed straight into the wrath of the storm off the coast of the Carolinas after a grave miscalculation by the captain. Who thought don't be saved -- seed then in port. ABC's Matt -- how -- the story from Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Its final journey began last week as it headed towards -- Twitter -- in Saint Petersburg. The majestic invested told -- -- -- -- in 1962 film and gently on the bounty. Ready for explosive -- -- pirates of the Caribbean. All screen it's being used as a training ship for sailing but this is what she looks like it's often rough waters. But even before according to dedicate the bounty changed its course -- ABC news has learned. Captain Robin wall average -- east hoping to avoid the brunt of hurricane -- but kept it FaceBook to his reasoning. Saying a ship is safe -- at sea then -- -- -- twenty plus foot waves in gale force winds battered the ship causing it to lose power. The update on FaceBook -- the bounty taking on water the crew has abandoned ship. The Coast Guard got the SOS call at about midnight but it would take -- -- to -- rescue helicopter. Because of the heavy -- it took nearly seven hours before that Coast Guard chopper got to the scene. -- -- They found the -- -- 100 miles offshore bobbing like human courts. The waves topping twenty feet these -- rest of their faces -- -- -- with their chopper better fifty mile probably means there -- -- reported fast. The first Coast Guard diver is lowered down. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- With the -- fighting to hold steady -- thirty feet above the water. Rescue swimmer -- -- pulled survivors into the water. Monitors the water. I jumped in I said I -- Dan I urge you guys need to ride out that he told -- -- mountainous waves. National security from the -- Survivors were forced to -- one at a time. Side tired after six and then we went straight over to the next like crap that had three more people fourteen people total plucked from the mountainous wastes. Too well -- like. Content in fields as one of the pilots. Patton left the scene I'm sorry getting all of us now realizing that -- that have left anything behind and the -- -- their look and find. Two sailors were still missing including the captain this chopper headed back to continue the search. The HMS -- was not the only ship caught in the perfect storm today at least five cruise ships were still in -- in cities violent wind and waves. Cruise ships across the Atlantic seaboard seeking safe harbor. Passengers on the Disney fantasy cruise tossed around water sloshing over the -- the doors slamming terrified passengers told to stay in their room. Yes stayed -- arrogance -- that this that this based and he. David Nestor Evans were nearing the end of the -- Caribbean cruise when their ship got caught in the store. -- -- In our suite. Began to slam shut in hoping they captured their ordeal on videotape outside their twelfth floor window -- seats inside their cabin. Total. The ship did manage to dock safely in Florida to compensate guest for the wild ride. -- given a 25%. Discount on their next Kreutz. We felt the power of those waves this morning -- nearly 300 miles away from our location in north Carolina's outer banks but still treacherous. We were setting up for Good Morning America on -- do we thought that out of harm's way out. My producer Candace Smith swept off her feet waves engulfing us both of us were wet. Moving to higher ground. -- right. Maritime safety experts told us that cruise ship should be large enough to safely navigate heavy swells of -- storm. Like sandy but when the -- on -- 7500. Ton cruise liner was battered by heavy storms -- sick. -- -- in sexual. Did -- we've learned more about the fate of those two missing sailors one of them -- Christian was miraculously found. Rescuers were not able to resuscitate her the other was the ship's captain who tried to -- out of -- way. He is still out there are missing the ship -- -- at the Coast Guard is investigating this incident they're interviewing each and every one. Those fourteen survivors.

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