Former Montpelier man still missing in Atlantic after SandyAP File Photo
Crew member Claudene Christian is seen on the HMS Bounty in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in August. The U.S. Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday for Robin Walbridge, 63, the captain of the sunken Bounty. Christian, who was also missing, was found Monday and later declared dead.
MONTPELIER — The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for former Montpelier resident Robin Walbridge, the captain of the HMS Bounty sailing ship that sank off North Carolina in Hurricane Sandy on Monday.
Coast Guard spokesman Brandyn Hill said in a written statement that Walbridge was wearing a survival suit made for extended time adrift at sea, which would improve his chances for survival.
Hill would not speculate on how long the search would continue but indicated that factors such as weather, the missing person’s fitness, and results of previous searches are constantly being evaluated.
After its engines failed in the hurricane Monday, the “tall ship” replica, which was used as a prop for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty,” took on water and sank. Fourteen people on board were rescued, while two crew members, Walbridge and Claudene Christian, went missing.
Christian was found by the Coast Guard on Monday night but was pronounced dead at a hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C.
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