Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

October 29, 2012

14 rescued, 2 missing from tall ship off NC

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard is using a helicopter and an airplane to search for two crew members who are missing from a replica tall ship that has sank in rough seas off the North Carolina coast.

The Coast Guard was able to rescue 14 crew members Monday morning after the HMS Bounty began taking on water, but two crew members are adrift in heavy seas. Officials say they are in survival suits that are designed to help keep them afloat and protect them against cold waters for about 15 hours.

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randy Haba helped rescue crew members from a lifeboat and also helped save a crew member floating alone in the water. He says it was some of the biggest seas he has ever been in.

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