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HMS Bounty: Search for missing captain continues (+video)

HMS Bounty Capt. Robin Walbridge was wearing a survival suit and the waters off North Carolina are warm. The US Coast Guard continues to search for Walbridge, three days after the sinking of the Bounty.

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The search for the captain of a tall ship that sank in the Atlantic during Sandy is in its third day.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill said Wednesday morning that a cutter searched for Robin Walbridge overnight and two C-130 planes would join the search during the day Wednesday.

Capt. Walbridge was believed to be in a survival suit, and while the seas were still about 15-feet Tuesday, water temperatures were a tolerable 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).

"There's a lot of factors that go into survivability. Right now we're going to continue to search. Right now we're hopeful," Coast Guard Capt. Joe Kelly said Tuesday.

IN PICTURES: Superstorm Sandy

Walbridge had been in a lot of dicey situations as the captain of the HMS Bounty, an 18th-century replica tall ship that was the set of countless movie dramas.

But none of his journeys was as treacherous, perhaps, as navigating through a hurricane churning up the East Coast, becoming part of an epic storm — and a daring rescue — that seemed ripped from the Hollywood films that made the ship famous. The ship was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films.

Walbridge's wife describes him as a passionate, experienced captain, one with a cool head and a kind heart. Photos of him on the ship's wooden deck just days before the ill-fated trip show a white-haired man with a steady gaze in a blue windbreaker, a man who was at ease with the sea.


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