Premier Darrell Dexter told Nova Scotians not to give up hope that searchers could find the crew members still missing from the Bounty, which sunk in stormy seas earlier today, Oct. 29. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two crew members who are still unaccounted for,” said Premier Dexter. “I want to thank the brave men and women who risked their lives in difficult conditions to rescue the crew members they could find, and I wish them all the best in their continued efforts to bring the remaining crew members home safe and sound.” Fourteen members of the Bounty’s crew have been reported rescued. The search continues for the remaining two. The crew was forced to abandon ship when it began taking on water after running into severe conditions from Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. “The Bounty was a spectacular ship and a symbol of Lunenburg’s proud tradition of shipbuilding,” the Premier said. “It is a sad loss for the community, but no ship is as important as the safety of its crew. I commend everyone involved for their swift action.” The Bounty was built in 1960, and launched from Lunenburg in 1962. The ship was commissioned by the MGM film studio for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando. The ship visited Halifax as recently as August.