Coast Guard suspends search for missing captain of HMS Bounty

Posted at 7:01 PM, Nov 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-02 01:05:50-04

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty 200 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

Robin Walbridge, 63, is missing. 

The Coast Guard issued this statement: 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”

Coast Guard crews searched more than 90 hours, covering approximately 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean since the Bounty's crew abandoned ship Monday morning.