Town visitor caught up in hurricane

HMS Bounty coming up the River Blyth to moor at Dun Cow Quay.
HMS Bounty coming up the River Blyth to moor at Dun Cow Quay.

AN ICONIC tall ship which visited Blyth in 2007, has sunk and its captain is missing after being caught up in Hurricane Sandy off the east coast of the United States.

Fourteen of HMS Bounty’s crew were rescued by US Coastguard helicopters, one has died and Captain Robin Walbridge still missing as of Tuesday morning.

The vessel, made famous in the 1962 Marlon Brando movie Mutiny on the Bounty and more recently one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, spent two days docked in Dun Cow Quay with on board tours to raise money for the Cutty Sark appeal.

But on Monday, the crew were forced to abandon the vessel as it started to take on water and it was left stranded around 90 miles south east of Hatteras in North Carolina.

The local coastguard received a call from the owner of the 180ft, three-mast tall ship saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

A statement on the HMS Bounty website read: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the crew member that is no longer with us.

“The US Coastguard is continuing their efforts to search for the missing crew member and we are praying for a safe return.”