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November 26, 2012

The Weather Channel Special “Coast Guard: HMS Bounty Rescue” Recounts Heroic Rescue Mission During Hurricane Sandy


Special one-hour episode takes viewers behind-the-headlines and into the U.S. Coast Guard’s daring mission to save the crew aboard one of Hollywood’s famous ships

WHAT:        The Weather Channel will air a special, one-hour episode of its successful franchise “Coast Guard,” giving        viewers a behind-the-headlines look at the daring and heroic rescue of 14 crew members onboard the HMS Bounty during Superstorm Sandy. In one of the most unprecedented storms to date, the U.S. Coast Guardsmen and women risked their lives, braving the harsh conditions of Sandy and venturing into the teeth of the storm, to save crew members on the legendary ship. The Bounty, featured in numerous films including “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” was caught in 70 mph winds and high seas off the coast of North Carolina and sank during the storm, which left its crew members clinging to life rafts in 30-foot waves for hours until U.S. Coast Guard helicopters arrived. Two crewmembers were lost, one body was recovered, but the captain was never found – even after the Coast Guard searched for 90 hours over 12,000 square miles. Tune in as the Coast Guard rescue crews and the survivors give first-hand accounts of this harrowing life and death experience that originated on a storied ship with a movie past.

WHEN:           Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. ET (Encore at 11 p.m. ET)

MORE:           Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, the “Coast Guard” franchise has resonated with The Weather Channel viewers.  New episodes of  “Coast Guard Alaska,” will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. ET. For more information, visit http://wxch.nl/TOphq3