NORTH CAROLINA — Claudene Christian, 42, of Southern California was one of two people killed Monday on the HMS Bounty ship after storm waves and high winds from hurricane Sandy capsized the ship in the waters, according to news reports.
Christian, a former USC graduate and song girl, was one of 16 crew members aboard the iconic replica of a 1800s tall ship featured in various films including two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. The U.S. Coast Guard managed to rescue the entire crew except for Christian and Robin Walbridge, 63, the ship’s captain.
Rescue workers found Christian in the ocean and unresponsive about 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning and transported her by helicopter to a nearby hospital, but she was later pronounced dead, reports said.
“The US Coast Guard will investigate this maritime accident to determine if there is liability on the part of the ship’s owner or the captain in charge of the vessel,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Families of victims killed in a ship accident may recover compensation for their losses under some circumstances.”
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