Monday, October 29, 2012

UPDATED: Statement Regarding Tall Ship Bounty

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HMS Bounty seen from the air after sinking off the North Carolina Coast. Masts remain above the water line at this point. Photo courtesy of USCG
Clayton, New York (October 29, 2012) – Michael Folsom, organizer of the popular Clayton summer festival Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Caskinette’s Lofink Ford, which has helped to draw numerous tall ships to the area, has issued the following statement this morning regarding well-known tall ship Bounty.

“It is sad to hear the reports this morning regarding the historic and world famous tall ship Bounty. This national treasure holds a place in the hearts of many, including myself. Prayers go out to the crew and their rescuers during this troubling time.”

Bounty, a 180-foot masterpiece which is best known for its time on the movie screen, is familiar to the upstate New York region, having visited the City of Ogdensburg in June of 2010. The ship had been considering making a visit to Clayton in the summer of 2013 while in the Great Lakes for the upcoming TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE. 

Statement from HMS Bounty organization via Facebook (around 8pm Monday) - 
Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers at this devastating time. We want to thank the USCG for their bravery and risking their lives to save ours. At this time, 14 crew members have been safely returned to land. There were 16 brave crew members aboard the Bounty. With sadness in our hearts we are reporting that we have lost one crew member and still missing another. The USCG is continuing their effort to search for our last crew member. Please continue to send your love and support to us, it is much needed.

Photo courtesy of Bounty/Facebook

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