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HMS Bounty Sinks: Rescued Crew Member Dies
A woman rescued from the Atlantic Ocean hours after the HMS Bounty was caught by Hurricane Sandy has died.
Claudene Christian, 42, was pulled from the water on Monday - hours after the historic ship went down in the storm off the coast of North Carolina - but was unresponsive.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert said Ms Christian, who lived and sailed on the ship, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but was later pronounced dead.
The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain, Robin Walbridge, 63.
Ms Christian, a keen sailor, said on Twitter that she joined the ship's crew in May and a series of posts described how much she was enjoying her life on the sea.
On June 7, she wrote: "So I had a tough day, lost in the sails. But it was sunny warm and I am on a TALL SHIP AT SEA. It's a "Bountyful" life."
Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the stricken vessel, which was about 160 miles from the hurricane's centre.
The captain ordered his crew to abandon ship at about 5am on Monday after the vessel lost power and started to take on water.
Coast guards said the crew had put on cold water survival suits and life-jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.
The suits are designed to protect people from the cold waters for up to 15 hours.
Rescuers faced 40mph winds and 18ft waves at the scene, which is 90 miles southeast of Hatteras in North Carolina.
The rescued crew were flown to Air Station Elizabeth City for treatment.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180ft, three-mast ship, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late on Sunday evening.
It regained contact with the ship after receiving a signal from the emergency position indicating beacon registered to the Bounty.
HMS Bounty was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny On The Bounty with Marlon Brando and also appeared in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The original Bounty was known for the mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789.
People could apply to work on the ship, which was built in 1960 and restored in 2001.
The HMS Bounty Organisation said on its website that it was "dedicated to keeping the ship sailing and using her as a vehicle for teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship."
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All very sad. But is there not also a sad twist of irony? What relation was Claudene to Fletcher? I assume she was distantly related?
Yes well spotted. But it may be just a huge coincidence as there is no mention of any familial connection on any site that I've found. Very sad anyway.
Yes!! This morning's Metro says she was his great-great-great-great-great granddaughter!