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Coast Guard cutter back from search for missing captain

By Jon Erickson
Published On: Nov 01 2012 07:25:18 PM CDT
CARTERET COUNTY -

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm is back at port at Fort Macon after spending several days as part of the search for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty.

Crews used tools including night-vision scopes, binoculars, radar, and search lights, according to Mark Palmer, the commanding officer of the Elm.

The Elm battled waves up to 30 feet and wind gusts of up to 70 mph in the search for Robin Walbridge, the missing captain of the HMS Bounty.

The Bounty sank early Monday about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras.

"We got the ship underway in just over two hours," Palmer said, from the time crews were called to the Elm being ready to leave port.

The crew members of the Elm were the last people on the water to see the Bounty before it sank, Palmer said.

The Coast Guard suspended the search late Thursday.