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US: Reckless decision in sinking of sailing ship

February 10, 2014

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the former captain of a replica 18th-century sailing ship that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy made a reckless decision to sail into the storm.

The HMS Bounty sank about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras during the October 2012 storm. One member of the 16-person-crew died and the captain was never found. Three other crew members were injured.

The NTSB released its findings Monday. The report says sailing into the well-forecast storm subjected the aging vessel and an inexperienced crew to conditions that the vessel couldn’t surmount.

The three-mast sailing ship was built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando, and was featured in several other films over the years.

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