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Lawsuit filed by family of crewmember killed during HMS Bounty sinking

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Posted at 4:40 PM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 20:17:29-04

The owners of the HMS Bounty replica are being sued. The mother of a crew member who died just filed the lawsuit in New York.

Claudene Christian said the Bounty’s owner and corporation her formed were negligent when they let the Bounty sail from Connecticut toward Florida in Hurricane Sandy.

Her daughter, also named Claudene, died when the ship capsized off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

The Coast Guard was able to rescue 14 of the crew members.

Claudene’s body was found later, but Captain Robin Walbridge’s body was never found.

The suit alleges the Bounty was allowed to sail even though there were known problems with the structure and machines.

Many of these details came out during a Coast Guard hearing back in February.

Crewmembers testified they weren’t trained on some of the faulty equipment.

Court records show Christian’s mom is seeking $90 million in damage for “pre-death conscious pain and suffering and willful callous and reckless conduct.”