RCN America Network
Scheduled to tesitfy on Feb. 18:
Matthew Sanders - Second mate of Bounty
Christopher Barksdale - Engineer of Bounty
Douglas Faunt - Deckhand/radio officer of Bounty
All hands were brought up on deck and as they were moving to a position on the stern the bow went under and the Bounty was struck by a wave that rolled her onto her side. In a nightmare of debris, rigging, wind and waves all hands were thrown overboard. This was the last time that Captain Robin was seen being thrown back and forth on the deck.
Matt found himself in the water being forced under several times by the masts and rigging. He was able to swim free away from the dangers of the pitching boat. He spotted an life raft and managed to swim to it. Still not safe as he could not get himself into the raft! Some other crew members were able to enter from the other side and eventually did pull him in. Than they waited for the morning.
We may never know what caused that tragedy.
|Captain Robin Walbridge overseeing Bounty's relaunch just 10 days before she went down.|
One thing that seems abundantly clear was that this was an exceptional professional crew.