Crew member rescued after abandoning ship has died

2:57 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years.

Meanwhile the Coast Guard continues searching the Atlantic 90 miles off the North Carolina coast for the captain of the HMS Bounty.

Coast Guard Capt. Joe Kelly said Tuesday that 63-year-old Robin Walbridge from St. Petersburg, Fla., could still be alive in the Gulf Stream waters more than a day after the replica sailing vessel sank in high winds and waves. The Coast Guard says the ocean temperature in the search area is nearly 80 degrees.

Kelly says Wallbridge went overboard early Monday when the ship rolled as the deck slid below 18-foot waves.

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