Originally posted on News 92 FM | Official Site for Houston News, Traffic, Weather, Breaking News:

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According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, seventeen people aboard a replica of the HMS Bounty abandoned ship early Monday while stranded at sea off the North Carolina coast.  Donning survival suits and boarding life boats, the crew of the distressed ship abandoned the vessel as Hurricane Sandy swirled toward the East Coast.

The owner of the 180-foot, three mast ship lost communication with the crew and alerted the Coast Guard to the situation. The Coast Guard then received a distress signal from the ship showing its position.  It sent out an aircraft to speak with the crew, which reported that the vessel was taking on water and had no propulsion.

The ship, which is still floating upright and intact  about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., is surrounded by 18-foot seas and 40 mph winds as Hurricane Sandy moves through the area.

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