COAST GUARD: Bounty Report Release May Take A Year

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The U.S. Coast Guard says an investigation into why the replica of the 18th century ship HMS Bounty sank during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 may take a year before it's released to the public.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard's district headquarters in Portsmouth, Va., said Thursday the report was sent this week to the Coast Guard's investigations office in Washington, D.C.

Spokesman Brandyn Hill says the investigation contained safety recommendations. Coast Guard headquarters will review whether all the facts are explored and documented, the findings are justified, and any evidence of legal or regulatory violations have been referred for enforcement.

The Bounty sank Oct. 29 about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras. Fourteen of the 16 aboard were rescued. One crew member died. The ship's captain was never found.

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