Minnesota Man Rescued From Sinking Ship 30 Oct 12


A Minnesota couple is breathing a sigh of relief after their son was rescued from a replica tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy’s

Reports say the HMS Bounty, a replica ship used in movies including Pirates of the Carribean, and 1962′s Mutiny on the Bounty, began taking on water, forcing the crew to abandon ship in rough seas off the North Carolina Coast. Among them, Nisswa-native First Mate John Svendsen. He was one of 14 crew members rescued by the Coast Guard. Svendsen’s father says his son is doing well and is being treated for a broken hand.

ABC reports a 15th person was pulled from the Atlantic hours later, but was unresponsive. That person, identified as Claudene Christian, was taken to a hospital in Elizabeth City, North Carolina in critical condition, but reports say she later died.

Crews were still looking for 63-year-old Robin Walbridge. The Coast Guard identified Walbridge as the ship’s captain.