WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that a "reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy" in 2012 by the HMS Bounty was the main cause for the sinking of the tall ship.
Two people died in October 2012 in the sinking, including Captain Robin Walbridge. His body was never recovered and he was presumed to be lost at sea. The Bounty, which made trips to Wilmington in recent years, took off from New London, Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida during Hurricane Sandy. Fourteen people were rescued.
The report, which you can you read from this link, said a mostly inexperienced crew struggled for hours to keep the ship going. The government report also said the owner and operator of the ship, HMS Bounty Organization, LLC, did not try to discourage the captain from sailing into those conditions.
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