Representatives from the American Red Cross Greater Albemarle Area Chapter, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, met with the survivors of the HMS Bounty. Early this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 people from HMS Bounty some 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, NC amidst treacherous winds and seas. The HMS Bounty- a 180 ft. sailing ship featured in movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean- was traveling from Connecticut in route to Florida when they sent out a distressed signal Sunday night.
The Coast Guard contacted the local Red Cross (the two organizations work in partnership on many kinds of disaster responses) to arrange a meeting with the 14 individuals rescued from the ship. Red Cross disaster volunteers spoke with each of the clients offering their comfort and support as well as providing them with food, clothing, and shelter, and assisting with other immediate needs as necessary.
“We support our community during all types of disaster whether that’s a hurricane, a home fire, or in this case, an ocean rescue,” said Carolyn Self, Executive Director for the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter.
In addition to supporting this Coast Guard rescue mission, the Greater Albemarle Area Red Cross has been headquarters to the local Hurricane Sandy response operation since early last Friday. Red Cross workers there are supporting shelters, doing damage assessment, and providing food and supplies to residents throughout the northeastern part of NC.
“We rely on the support of the community, through donations of time, money and blood, to ensure we are always there when help is needed,” said Self.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.