Search off NC enters 4th day for missing captain

Associated Press

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The search for the captain of a tall ship that sank off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy is in its fourth day.

The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin of out Charleston, S.C., and a HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Elizabeth City are still looking for Robin Walbridge, 63, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill said Thursday.

The tall ship HMS Bounty went down Monday morning after it began taking on water off Cape Hatteras. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and the Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members. Forty-two-year-old Claudene Christian died.

"This is still an active search, not a recovery effort," said Capt. Doug Cameron, with the Coast Guard in Portsmouth, Va., which is coordinating the search.

The decision to continue the search is based on the survival and functional capability of the missing person and the possibility of dehydration, the Coast Guard says.

The ship was built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films.

The search covers about 1,500 square miles. The water temperature is 79 degrees and the air temperature is 62 degrees, Hall said. Seas are 4 feet, and winds are 30 mph.

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