Crew member Claudene Christian is seen on the HMS Bounty in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 for Robin Walbridge, 63, the captain of the sunken Bounty. When rescuers found missing crew member Claudene Christian on Monday, she was unresponsive. She was later declared dead. Christian said she was a descendant of Fletcher Christian, who led the mutiny on the original HMS Bounty in April 1789. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Peter Parsons)Vt. man still
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MONTPELIER — The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for former Montpelier resident Robin Walbridge, the captain of the HMS Bounty that sunk off the coast of 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 Monday night, but was pronounced dead at a hospital in Elizabeth City, NC.MORE IN Vermont NewsJulie Brill, a commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission and a resident of Randolph, was at... Full Story
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