(UPI) -- Hurricane Sandy sank the tall ship HMS Bounty, a historical replica ship which has been featured in numerous films and travels from port to port as a tourist attraction, as it tried to sail around the storm on its way from Connecticut to Florida.
According to the official HMS Bounty site, the ship's crew sent out a distress call Sunday night with the news that the Bounty had lost power and was taking on water faster than it could pump it out. The crew abandoned ship and, wearing special "Gumby suits," climbed into life rafts to await rescue.
A Coast Guard plane spotted the Bounty before she sank completely, and USCG swimmers on two helicopters were able to successfully rescue 14 of the ship's crew. The search for the missing people is reportedly ongoing.
"What we know is that the whole crew was getting ready to board the life rafts, and as they were about to board, three people ended up on the water. One was able to get out [of the water] and get into rafts, and the other two are still unaccounted," Lt. Junior Grade Brendan Selerno told ABCNews.com.