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Rescuers Call Off Search For 7 On Missing US Boat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Rescue teams have abandoned a search for a U.S. schooner carrying seven people that disappeared in the South Pacific.

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre said Friday it had carried out extensive aerial searches over the past 11 days but had found no sign of the vessel, the life raft or the crew.

The 70-foot (21-meter) sailboat Nina left New Zealand bound for Australia on May 29. The last communication was June 4, when a crew member sent an undelivered text saying the sails were shredded.

Authorities believe the 85-year-old classic wooden boat likely sank that day in a powerful storm.

The six Americans aboard included skipper David Dyche, 58, his wife Rosemary, 60, their son David, 17, and their friend Evi Nemeth, 73. Also aboard was a 35-year-old British man.


Associated Press Release

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- An American schooner carrying seven people that's missing in the South Pacific sent an undelivered text message a month ago saying its sails were shredded and it was traveling at four knots.

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre released the last-known message from the Nina Thursday after seeking it from satellite phone company Iridium and the U.S. State Department.

The June 4 message with a misspelling read: "Thanks storm sails shredded last night, now bare poles. Goining 4kt 310deg will update course info (at) 6PM".

Authorities believe the Nina likely sank in a storm that day but have continued an aerial search.

Aboard the boat were American skipper David Dyche, 58, wife Rosemary, 60, and son David, 17. Also aboard were Evi Nemeth, 73, two more Americans and a British man.


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