When the old HMS Bounty went down in the middle of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Coast Guard didn’t bat an eyelash. They flew directly into the deadly 1,000 mile wide storm and saved 14 people on board the ship. Yesterday they were honored for their courage under such tough conditions. The Coast Guard never fails to impress!
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.– More than two dozen Coast Guard rescue personnel were honored for their role in the rescue of 14 people in the sinking of HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy last October.
Coast Guard rescuers flew directly into the 1,000-mile-wide Category One storm in the early morning hours of October 29th, after the vintage wooden sailing ship took on too much water, its pumps failed, the vessel listed 90 degrees, and the crew had to abandon ship.
Bounty Captain Robin Wallbridge and one of the ship’s mates died, but the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station team managed to save 14 other crew members.
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