UPDATE: HMS Bounty abandoned; 1 of 2 missing found dead Monday night

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A ship known for its roles in Hollywood hits and for the iconic look it has brought to cities from Charleston to Baltimore was abandoned by its crew on the high seas created by Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard responded to the HMS Bounty and the 17 people aboard approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., early Monday.

Two aboard the ship were missing for most of the day Monday.{} According to USA Today, one of the men was found unresponsive and was recently pronounced dead.{} The last remaining crew member missing was the ship Captain.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three-mast tall ship, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth, Va., subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and reestablished communications with the Bounty's crew.

The vessel was reportedly taking on water and without propulsion. Officials on scene said the Bounty was dealing with 40 mile per hour winds and 18-foot seas.

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