A Hollywood treasure known for its roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Treasure Island and Mutiny on the Bounty has sunk off the coast of North Carolina, a victim of hurricane Sandy.
Two crew members were missing after everyone on-board abandoned the HMS Bounty last night, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Brandyn Hill told the Weekly:
As we spoke two Coast Guard cutters were en route to the scene off 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North California, he said. Fourteen of 16 total on-board were successfully rescued, he added.
Those craft would be joining a C-130 plane and two Jayhawk helicopters already searching for the missing crew members in 18-foot seas, Hill said. According to a Coast Guard statement sent to the Weekly:
The 14 people were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel at approximately 10:15 a.m. with no life threatening injuries.
The USCG said the tall ship apparently sunk but that "the mast is still visible."
A distress call from the ship was sent out about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the HMS Bounty folks.