JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Members of the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board will convene a formal hearing next month to look into the sinking of a ship that claimed two lives.
The investigation of last year’s sinking of the Tall Ship Bounty will be held Feb. 12 through 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, Va., according to a press release from the Coast Guard. The ship was built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando, and was featured in several other films.
According to the release, the hearing will examine the circumstances surrounding the sinking and develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels.
The investigation will also consider whether any failure of equipment or personnel contributed to the death of crew member Claudene Christian, 42, who died as the crew evacuated the ship, according to the release.
The captain also went missing after the Tall Ship Bounty sank Oct. 29 approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras. The search for Capt. Robin Walbridge, 63, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was suspended on Nov. 1.
The Coast Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles after receiving a distress call, according to the release.