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Nisswa woman says son survived ship sinking near NC

NISSWA, Minn. (AP) — 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 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.