Master Captain Provides Insight On What HMS Bounty Likely Encountered

As we continue to await news on the fate of captain Robin Walbridge of the HMS Bounty, we're learning more about what conditions in the area at the time the ship went down may have been like.

Master Captain Paul Del Rio owns the Jeannie B out of Washington. He says the conditions that the tall ship encountered would have been extremely challenging for a ship of its style.

Del Rio has around 50,000 offshore hours and says in addition to the cumbersome style of the Bounty -- the ship was also in the area not so fondly referred to as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic." Del Rio says that area can be highly unpredictable in terms of the seas and winds especially with a hurricane thrown in the mix.

14 people were rescued from the bounty following it's sinking.

Del Rio, who has dealt with fatal incidents at sea, says is a testament to the preparations made by Captain Walbridge that fourteen people were rescued.

Del Rio says if the ship became parallel to the waves hitting it -- the onslaught could have flooded it faster than the ship pumps could handle.


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