Friday, August 23, 2013

Baird Asks Americans To Call State


Ralph Baird, Equusearch Executive Search Advisor, asked fellow Americans to call the US State Department and ask the U.S. to support the 7 lost sailors on the historic cruising boat, the Nina.  Baird said the crew had not perished, but he said Secretary of State, John Kerry, believes they did perish.  Otherwise, why would the Department of State refuse to cooperate in the search for the Nina?  Baird asked every American to call the US State Department to ask the Department of State to support the Nina 7.

The problem with the US State Department began when Texas Equusearch (TES)  asked the US Coast Guard to run drift models using data given to TES by the original search coordinator, RCC-NZ.  The Coast Guard said they could not run the models because an office in the State Department would not let them.  The office, called the Office of Crisis Intervention, helps families when a loved one has perished in another country. TES was trying to save the sailors lives while an administrator at the Department of State placed barriers to the search for the crew, claiming the crew had perished.

The problem is, the administrator at the Department of State is no expert on rescue at sea.  There is no evidence the yacht Nina sank, except the RCC-NZ could find her.  That does not mean she sank.

Baird asked the crowd gathered for the conference to pull out their cell phones and dial the Department of State.  Every call counts.

 The telephone number is 202.642.4000, push #4, then ask for John Kerry's comment phone line.  Leave a message!

At the press conference, several of the family members related the great fortitude of the crew on the Nina.  They all have a survivor's mentality.  The ability to adapt is part of what keeps the crew alive, the families say.

Robin Wright asked all Americans, "What would you do if it was your child?"

John Glennie, who holds the record as the longest survivor lost at sea in a cold climate, said it is quite possible these sailors are stranded at sea.  Glennie survived 119 days off of the coast of New Zealand.  They held a Eulogy for Glennie, who eventually washed up on a New Zealand island months after the search was suspended.

Until the families are able to get government support the families will continue the search using private funds to the extent possible.  Several search prospects have been identified from satellite photos.  In order to continue the search, the families need your help, as well.  Funds are short.  The families ask for your donation.

A fund raiser will be held Friday, August 23rd, 2013, at the South Shore Harbor, Marina Plaza, League City, Texas.  The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

It takes a lot to make an event like this.  Rarely do the people behind the scenes get recognition.  Shelley Rogers, Darlene Marullo, Daniel Molina, Brittany Hatch, Robin Wright, Ricky Wright and a host of other people make the search possible.

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 Bank215 FM 517 Road West
DickinsonTX 77539
Attention: Ms. Alicia White
(281) 337-9390

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