Comments for: Wife of tall ship Bounty’s captain awaits word on his fate

Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 3:23 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard used ships and airplanes to search the Atlantic on Tuesday for the captain of the sunken HMS Bounty as the sailor’s wife held on to a sliver of hope that he had survived the harrowing ordeal. The Coast Guard was also optimistic Robin …

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  • Anonymous

    So very tragic. I hope the captain is found.

    It remains incomprehensible to me that anyone would leave the safety of land to go out into a storm of Sandy’s known well-in-advance proportions! In this case, BEFORE the HMS Bounty left the dock, all knew there would be significant danger in choosing to try to outrun the storm! Once out on the open ocean, there is no room for errors in judgment, no room for failed equipment when the waves are 20′ high and the winds are screaming hurricane force. Didn’t anyone on that boat have second thoughts as they headed toward the monster storm, even while believing they could skirt around it?!

    This was a preventable tragedy that resulted in one person’s life lost, and likely that of the captain as well. Moreover, untold thousands of dollars have been expended in the rescue/recovery–and more importantly, many many fine men and women have placed their lives at risk to save the lives of the HMS Bounty’s crew. Given the conditions the coast guard and other support had to work in, it’s nothing short of a miracle that 14 people were scooped up from what otherwise would have been certain death, and that no additional lives were lost in the process. Hats off to those brave servicemen and women who carried out the rescue, and best wishes to all who survived.

    My condolences to the families of those lost in this tragedy.

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