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Crew of HMS Bounty rescued in lifeboats

The replica Bounty also featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Credit: Wikipedia

The 17-person crew on board the replica HMS Bounty "donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies," the US Coast Guard has said.

The tall ship, which was built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty, lost power while at sea on Sunday night.

The crew were rescued after issuing a distress call, with the vessel stranded in the sea off North Carolina and in the path of Hurricane Sandy.