Crew member rescued after abandoning ship has died

Associated Press
In this image made from video and released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a USCG crew member uses a hoist to bring up a survivor into a helicopter. A replica tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy's wrath began taking on water, forcing the crew to abandon the boat Monday in rough seas off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members by helicopter, but two people were still missing. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain.

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