Portsmouth, Va. - The Coast Guard will convene a formal hearing in Portsmouth to investigate the sinking of the tall ship Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.
The hearing will be held Feb. 12 - 21 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center.
The Coast Guard says the investigation will examine the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels.
The National Transportation Safety Board is also participating in the investigation, and they will make recommendations on issues to consider, identify and examine witnesses and submit or request additional evidence in the course of the investigation.
The Tall Ship Bounty sank approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. The Coast Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles after receiving a distress call.