The Coast Guard responded to calls from a distressed vessel 160 miles from Hurricane Sandy’s center Monday. The three-masted, 180-foot HMS Bounty had 17 people on board and was 90 miles from Hatteras, N.C. The Coast Guard was called in after the ship’s owner lost contact with the vessel Sunday night, according to a Coast Guard press release. The ship, which is reportedly taking on water, was located with a homing beacon and confirmed by a Coast Guard aircraft, which reestablished communication. The crew members abandoned ship in two lifeboats.