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5th District Mid Atlantic Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

October 30, 2012


Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Email: d5de@uscg.mil

Office: (757) 398-6272

Coast Guard continues search for missing captain of HMS Bounty

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard continues its search Tuesday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, approximately 125 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63, and deceased is Claudene Christian, 42.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., arrived on scene at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday and began searching for Walbridge. The crews aboard the HC-130 Hercules aircraft and the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., secured their searches for the night at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A crew aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., began a four-hour search at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, and a Hercules aircrew from Air Station Clearwater began a morning search at approximately 7:15 a.m.

The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C., is en route.

The Coast Guard's is searching an area approximately 1,350 square nautical miles.

The water temperature is 77 degrees, air temperature is 67 degrees, seas are 15 feet, and the winds are 42 mph. 

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