THUNDER BAY – The Bounty sank on October 29 2012. There were several members of the tall ship’s crew who were lost at sea when the ship sank. The Bounty had visited Thunder Bay on Tuesday, Aug. 3 2010. The United States Coast Guard will convene a formal hearing from February 12th to February 21st at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center in Virginia. The goal of the inquest will be to investigate the sinking of the Bounty.
The investigation will examine the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels. The National Transportation Safety Board is also participating in the investigation, and they can make recommendations on issues to consider, identify and examine witnesses and submit or request additional evidence in the course of the investigation.
The Tall Ship Bounty sank approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. The Coast Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles after receiving a distress call.