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NTSB: Bounty's Captain Was "Reckless" To Sail Into Hurricane's Path

The National Transportation Safety Board says the captain of a tall ship was to blame for its sinking off Cape Hatteras during Hurricane Sandy.

Two people aboard the HMS Bounty died, and three others were seriously injured when the replica sailing ship sank on October 29, 2012.

The NTSB says the probable cause for the sinking "was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy."

Captain Robin Walbridge's body was never recovered from the sinking and he is presumed dead. Another crew member, Claudene Christian, was found dead. Fourteen other members of the crew were rescued by the Coast Guard.

The NTSB says wind gusts were in excess of 100 miles per hour, with seas of more than 20 feet when the Bounty sank.

The NTSB released its findings on Monday. The report says sailing into the well-forecast storm subjected the aging vessel and an inexperienced crew to conditions that the vessel couldn't overcome.

The three-mast sailing ship was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando, and was featured in several other films over the years.


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