The USCG has issue its Investigation Into The Circumstances Surrounding the Sinking of the Tall Ship Bounty. The tall ship HMS Bounty sank during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 taking the life of Claudene Christian and, presumably, Captain Robin Walbridge.
This is timely for me, as I’ve written about a piece about what can be learned from the Bounty and two other high-profile rescue missions in the July issue of Northwest Yachting. Writing the piece was engrossing. Even now, reading about the Bounty is kind of like watching a horrendous accident in the works: It’s hard to take one’s eyes off it.
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The Coast Guard report lays out clearly the negligence on many fronts that led to this disaster. Foremost among them was the decision to take to sea in the face of Sandy. Among the other contributing factors: