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A Canadian-built replica 18th-century sailing vessel got caught in Hurricane Sandy’s wrath and began taking on water Monday, forcing the crew into lifeboats in rough seas off the North Carolina coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 people by helicopter and spent much of the day searching for two missing crew members.

One of them, 42-year-old Claudene Christian, was found unresponsive in the water on Monday evening.

The coast guard said was taken to a hospital in Elizabeth City, where she was later pronounced dead.

Christian lived in California and joined the Bounty’s crew in May, according to her Twitter account.

“I live, work [and] travel the Sea aboard the HMS Tall Ship Bounty. As a descendant of Fletcher Christian, played in four movies by Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlin Brando [and] Mel Gibson, I’m sure my ancestor would be proud… However, this time, there will be no…

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