Coast Guard search continues for missing captain of HMS Bounty


The search for the HMS Bounty captain will continue through Tuesday night, says the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard search continues for missing captain of the HMS Bounty,  Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach -  Cape Hatteras NC

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Coast Guard will search a second night for the captain of a doomed tall ship that sank during Hurricane Sandy.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Mike Patterson says the search for the HMS Bounty captain will continue through Tuesday night with a C-130 plane and 2 cutter ships.

Searchers hope that 63-year-old Robin Walbridge of St. Petersburg, Florida, has been able to survive in the relatively mild 77-degrees Fahrenheit waters of the Atlantic about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras.

Patterson says search planes can no longer see the Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship used in many movie dramas. The ship’s masts had stayed visible for hours after the decks disappeared below the waves early Monday.

On Monday, the Coast Guard rescued a woman in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy.

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.

Read more at MSN…

Watch the Coast Guard Rescue of HMS Bounty



Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach


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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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