Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Family Of Nina Crew Appeal For Search Funding Pg 13


Page 1 Search Suspended
Page 2  The Story
Page 3  About the Nina
Page 4  Dyche Family Page
Page 5  Evi Nemeth
Page 6  Matt Wooton
Page 7  Kyle Jackson
Page 8  Danielle Wright
Page 9  RCCNZ 
Page 10 To the Families and Friends
Page 11  What Went Wrong
Page 12 Last Message From Nina Crew

Page 13  New Search For Nina And Crew

Page 14  Family Anxious For New Search To Begin

Page 15  RCCNZ Less Than Cooperative in New Nina Search

Page 16  Third Day Of Private Search Under Way
Page 17  New Zealand Responds

Page 18  Equusearch Seeks Satellite Specialist
Page 19  A New Generation of Cooperation
Page 20  Wild Speculation No Help
Page 21  Sailboat Washes Up On Beach
Page 22  Nina Fund
Page 23  Nina Makes Prime Time
Page 24  Kyle Jackson, Hiya Mom!
Page 25  U.S. Coast Guard Endangers Lives of Nina 7
Page 26  Equusearch, Nina Families, Ask For Help
Page 27  Apathy From US Officials
Page 28  Families Seek More Funding
Page 29  Standing Up To Uncle Sam
Page 30  Possible New Location of Nina
Page 31  Reason For Hope Rescue After 76 Days At Sea
Page 32  Breaking News Delayed, TES Profile
Page 33  Positive Despite The Negatives
Page 34  Tomnod Saves Lives
Page 35  Holding
Page 36  Tasman Takes Two
Page 37  91 Days Lost At Sea

Wright Family Convinced Yacht Is Still Afloat

The family of Danielle Wright, the 19 year old sailor and diver who is one of 7 crew missing on the schooner Nina,  says they are not giving up.  The 1928 schooner disappeared on June 4th, 2013 on it's way to Australia and has not been heard from since.

"We still believe that Nina is either drifting or the crew are in a life boat," said Robin G. Wright, Daniel Wright's mother.  

The Wrights have a good foundation for their optimism about the survival of the Nina.  They have years of sailing experience.  They understand what happens when a yacht settles to the bottom of the ocean.  Things float up.  There is a debris field.  Something nearly always can be found.

"(Ricky is) the bulldog that just won't accept New Zealand's conclusion that the boat sank so fast, nothing even floated out," Robin continued.  "(We don't believe) that she (the Nina) vanished without a trace, without time to set off the emergency device. We don't buy it."

On July 5th, RCC NZ called off the search for the missing yacht.  They speculated the yacht suffered a catastrophic event so fast the crew had no time to set off it's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).  Under RCC NZ's theory, the crew did not have time to set off the on-board Spot tracking location device or even make a frantic call on the satellite cell phone.

The Wrights have begun a new search for the Schooner Nina.  They have contracted with the non-profit organization Equusearch, an organization which searches for missing people from around the globe.

"(The search will be) closer to the coast of Australia between Sydney and New Castle, area that was never searched," Robin Wright said.

Rosemary Dyche (Facebook)

It is not unusual for family members to pool funds and launch a private search once the authorities have called it quits.  The families of the yacht Grain de Soleil, for example, funded and launched their own search earlier this year when the EPIRB aboard the French yacht was activated.  

Danielle Wright learned her sailing skills from her parents.  The family has lived on their yacht periodically.  

"Our family of 3 took a year sabbatical from May 2009 to July 2010 to live aboard our 36' Catamaran Allwaysunday, a boat we sold ironically to a man who shipped the boat to New Zealand."

Danielle Wright boarded Nina after 17 year old David Dyche invited her to spend the summer sailing on the historic schooner from New Zealand to Australia.  The cost of the tickets to fly to the embarkation site was a birthday present from Danielle's parents, who met the Dyche family while cruising.

"We believe Danielle and crew are safe, probably in a lifeboat, about 100 miles off the coast of Australia between Sydney and New Castle. That is where Ricky wanted NZ to search from the beginning, but they never agreed with his reasoning. They were only looking for wreckage, or lifeboats drifting back towards NZ." Robin Wright said.

How much will a search cost?  

"To search this area will take one plane at least 7 days at $20,000 day. Our finds will be depleted within days, so we really need to get the word out to people around the world who want to help us with a donation." says Danielle Wright."

While Equusearch is a non-profit organization, it does not mean the search is without cost.  In fact, the search is going to be expensive.  Donations are requested to help off-set the cost of leasing an aircraft capable of over-ocean, long distance flights.  The organization is optimistic the authorities will lend specialized aircraft if Equusearch pays for fuel.  That is a bargain, considering a PC3 runs about $36 million, new.  The cost of fuel is still significant at over $1,640 per hour to operate.  

Donations can be made to:  

Help us help the families by making a donation today:
Texas EquuSearch SV Nina Search Fund
P.O. Box 395

DickinsonTexas 77539

Office: (281) 309-9500

Fax: (281) 534-6719

Toll Free: (877) 270-9500

Or, mail checks directly to:
Texas EquuSearch SV Nina Search Fund
c/o Amegy Bank
215 FM 517 Road West

DickinsonTX 77539

Attention: Ms. Alicia White

(281) 337-9390

Please send photos, videos and personal stories about the Nina and the crew to:  Tim Paynter, immigrants2bfree@gmail.com

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