Coast Guard searches on for tall ship's captain

FILE - In this July 7, 2010 file photo, the tall ship HMS Bounty sails on Lake Erie off Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

FILE - In this July 7, 2010 file photo, the tall ship HMS Bounty sails on Lake Erie off Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Coast Guard will search a second night for the captain of a doomed tall ship that sank during Hurricane Sandy.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Mike Patterson says the search for the HMS Bounty captain will continue through Tuesday night with a C-130 plane and 2 cutter ships.

Searchers hope that 63-year-old Robin Walbridge of St. Petersburg, Fla., has been able to survive in the relatively mild 77-degree waters of the Atlantic about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras.

Patterson says search planes can no longer see the Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship used in many movie dramas. The ship's masts had stayed visible for hours after the decks disappeared below the waves early Monday.


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