By DEUCE NIVEN
Interest in the sinking of the HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy last October continues, with NBC News scheduling three separate reports on the U.S. Coast Guard’s rescue efforts beginning tonight (June 14).
Loris native Wes McIntosh, who has been featured on a Weather Channel special and previous news reports on the HMS Bounty rescue effort, is not part of the latest reporting, his father and Loris resident Frank McIntosh says.
McIntosh flew the Coast Guard C-130 aircraft that was the first responder sent out to locate the ship. Flying 90 miles into the Atlantic in the 40 mile-per-hour winds of Hurricane Sandy, McIntosh located the distressed vessel and relayed the location to helicopter rescue personnel who were dispatched to the scene.
Swimmers who pulled most of the HMS Bounty crew from the Atlantic, and the helicopter crews, are the focus of the latest reporting.
A segment scheduled for tonight’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News is to focus on rescue swimmer training, the Fifth Coast Guard District External Affairs offices says.
Two more segments are scheduled for broadcast on June 22 and 23 Nightly News broadcasts, “with teasers airing on the Today Show those same days,” the External Affairs office said.