Two people are still missing after the sinking of the famed movie ship, the HMS Bounty. The Coast Guard reported that rescue efforts had resulted in the retrieval of 14 people from the 50-year-old ship.
According to a report posted by the Coast Guard on YouTube (raw video of rescue included), aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (North Carolina) were dispatched to attend to rescue efforts after Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a distress signal from a beacon registered to the three-mast tall ship HMS Bounty.
Initial reports indicated that there were 17 aboard the Bounty when it sunk, according to CNN. However, that was later amended to 16 as the Coast Guard received better information. Apparently 16 people had climbed aboard two 25-person lifeboats to escape the sinking vessel. However, by the time the two helicopters (with support from two Coast Guard cutters) pulled everyone from the ocean, the head count only reached 14.
The search for the two missing Bounty personnel is ongoing.
The Bounty was made famous as the ship upon which Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris walked its deck for the 1962 film (for which it was constructed), “Mutiny on the Bounty.” It has since been the stage for other films of note, including “Treasure Island” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
Still, the so-called “Frankenstorm” (because of its proximity to the Halloween holiday and a confluence of storm systems giving it renewed life) wasn’t done and headed up the Eastern seaboard of the United States. It’s movement and projected landfall was deemed possibly devastating, perhaps even catastrophic, and towns and cities along the coast became actual ghost towns as local populations either prepared for the worst, boarded up, and/or holed up or evacuated.
Those that did not prompted more rescue efforts, according to NJ.com. In New Jersey, lifeboats were being used by police departments to get people out of their homes and to shelters in Atlantic City and Pleasantville. Some streets in Atlantic City were reportedly feet-deep in water.
And New York City prepared for the worst on Sunday, calling a mandatory evacuation for some 375,000 people living in the low-lying areas of the city beginning at 7 p.m. The city also closed down the subway system at the same time. Although Mayor Bloomberg announced that nobody would be arrested for ignoring the evacuation order, he cautioned people not to be “selfish.”
He stated (per the Wall Street Journal): “They are not only endangering their own lives, they’re endangering the lives of others because in an emergency we aren’t going to leave them to die. We’re going to come in and save them.”
The monster storm system has already claimed 67 lives on its way north from the Caribbean. Of those, 51 were killed in Haiti.
And the hurricane may have already claimed a couple lives off the North Carolina coast with the sinking of the HMS Bounty.
At present, according to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is a Category 1 hurricane.Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in New Jersey in the early evening of Oct. 29. Heavy rainfall and flooding are expected along the seaboard, with the heaviest rains to be deposited in the mid-Atlantic states. It had picked up speed earlier in the day but sustained winds of 90 mph were expected. In some areas (including New York City) rainfall between 1 and 3 inches is expected in addition to a storm surge that could crest at 11 feet.