Natural Disasters

Two Sailors Swept Away as H.M.S. Bounty Sinks

Most of the crew were rescued from the stormy sea

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 Hurricane Sandy may have claimed its first American victims today as it sank a tall ship and washed away two crew members as they tried to board a life boat.

Fourteen people were rescued from the floundering HMS Bounty early this morning and an urgent search is on in the churning seas for the two missing sailors.

The Bounty, a three masted ship, was 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., when the owner called saying she'd lost contact with the crew Sunday night, The AP reported. The Bounty is a 180-foot replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the Bounty."