PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Two crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty are missing after the crew was forced to abandon ship off North Carolina's outer banks amid the fury of Hurricane Sandy.
The Coast Guard managed to rescue 14 of the 16 crew members with helicopters but two people remain unaccounted for. Nisswa native John Sevendson is the first mate of the HMS Bounty. His parents tell KARE 11 they are unsure if Svendson is among those who were rescued or is one of the two still missing.
The survivors were being taken to Air Station Elizabeth City on the North Carolina coast.
The director of the HMS Bounty Organization, Tracie Simonin, said that the tall ship left Connecticut last week for St. Petersburg, Fla. She said the crew had been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center and tried to go around the storm.
The HMS Bounty is reconstruction of the original tall ship, built in 1979 and used in the 1984 Dino De Laurentiis film The Bounty.
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