Hurricane Sandy has still not made landfall. The news has been reporting with an urgency leaving me wondering what can be left to say when the storm is actually ashore. Sandy has still not made landfall on the New Jersey shore, where it it have a devastating impact. Apparently my post did not go through in it’s entirety. a power outage interrupted it.

I still do not believe that here in Newport we will have hurricane force winds. The storm surge coupled with the full moon will make for an shoreline flooding. The fact that Sandy is slow moving will have us live through several tide cycles. As you can see from the photos the surge is already being felt and the storm is still a long way off.

P.S. The “Bounty” is abandoned off Hatteras. The accuracy is this report is subject to the review of time.

Off Hatteras, NC — Officials say a ship started taking on water off our coast and eventually sank, forcing the crew to abandon ship into 18-foot waves and 40 mile per hour winds off the North Carolina coast.

The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot, three-mast tall ship, was last marked about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras.

The ship has sunk, according to the Coast Guard at 8:45 a.m. Monday.

There were conflicting reports on how many people were onboard. The manifest reportedly listed 16 people, and that’s the number the Coast Guard has.

The Coast Guard also reported that two people may be missing.

The Coast Guard says the first Jayhawk crew reached the life rafts around 6:30 p.m., which is about 90 minutes after the crew of the Bounty abandoned ship. Crews hoisted five people into the aircraft at that time. A second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.

The fourteen rescued crew members are being flown to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Medical personnel are waiting for them there.

WITN’s Alize Proisy is at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, awaiting the return of the survivors.

The Bounty’s last position was about 160 miles from Hurricane Sandy’s eye.

The crew did have cold weather survival gear.

The Coast Guard sent a C-130 and two rescue helicopters, HH60s, to rescue the crew.

We’re told the crew had only handheld radios once they abandoned ship, so there was not contact until the aircraft got near the scene.

The Bounty was built for a 1962 film and has been featured in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

The Bounty has been to Carteret County a couple times, back in the 2000s. According to its website, the Bounty “sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history.”

It’s not clear why the ship set sail in the Atlantic Ocean with Hurricane Sandy churning up the East Coast.

We will update this story as soon as we get additional information.

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  1. Have you seen the reports of the Bounty replica being abandoned off of Hatteras. Two questions:
    * Why the hell were they there in the first place?
    * Have they not heard a thousand times never to step down into lifeboats?
    USCG apparently not currently positioned to rescue the ~25 crew/passengers

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