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Minnesota Man Survives After Ship Sinks in Superstorm

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A Minnesota woman is breathing easier knowing her son survived the sinking of a tall ship off the coast of North Carolina.
    
Jo Svendsen of Nisswa, Minnesota learned Monday that her son, John Svendsen, was among crew members rescued from the HMS Bounty.
    
John Svendsen was first mate aboard the Bounty, which sank in turbulent waters as Hurricane Sandy roared ashore.
    
Jo Svendsen worked the phones all morning trying to find out if her son was among the crew members who were rescued. KARE-TV reports she finally heard from relatives on the East Coast that her son had been rescued by the Coast Guard.

Another woman who was pulled from the waters off the coast of North Carolina has died. 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when the coast guard pulled her from the water Monday evening.
 
Christian was among more than a dozen crew members who had to abandon ship Sunday night when it began taking on water off the coast of cape Hatteras --due to hurricane sandy.
 
She was pronounced dead at a hospital later.
 
Fourteen others, including Svendsen from Minnesota, were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th century ship that was sailing from Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida.
 
The coast guard is still searching for the ship's captain.

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