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Accident Report Detail

Sinking of Tall Ship Bounty

Executive Summary

On October 29, 2012, the tall ship Bounty sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while attempting to transit through the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy. Three of the 16 people on board were seriously injured, one crewmember died, and the captain was never found. The vessel's estimated value was $4 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of tall ship Bounty was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy, which subjected the aging vessel and the inexperienced crew to conditions from which the vessel could not recover. Contributing to the sinking was the lack of effective safety oversight by the vessel organization.

Accident Location:   , NC   Atlantic Ocean, about 110 nautical miles southeast of Cape Hatteras
Accident Date: 10/29/2012
Accident ID: DCA13LM003

Date Adopted: 2/6/2014
NTSB Number: MAB-14-03
NTIS Number:  

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