Crewmember dies after HMS Bounty sinks

Captain remains missing

Author: Mary Lee, Meteorologist, mlee@kprc.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 03:43:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2012 07:57:45 AM CDT
GALVESTON, Texas -

A ship that was supposed to be docked in Galveston for the winter sank after it got caught in Hurricane Sandy's wrath, killing at least one crewmember.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued survivors of the HMS Bounty off the North Carolina coast. It began taking on water late Sunday, forcing all 16 crew members to jump into the frigid waters. They braved 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas in their lifeboats.

The Coast Guard rescued 14 of the shipwrecked crew members Monday morning. Claudene Christian, 42, was found unresponsive and died later. The captain remains missing.

"It's a sad thing," said Michael Mierzwa, Port of Galveston director. "Our hearts go out to those missing and their families. I know it's a terrifying experience."

The ship was the Black Pearl in the Pirates of the Caribbean and was featured in Marlon Brando's film, Mutiny on the Bounty.

The HMS Bounty was supposed to dock at the Port of Galveston for the winter.

"We expected them to come in late November to April," said Mierzwa. "We were really hoping it would increase the foot traffic in the seaport area."