Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Urgency, Momentum, Grow In Nina Search


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 In Yacht Nina Search

Dickenson, Texas - Momentum is growing in the search for the SV Nina, a 1928 racing schooner which disappeared in the Tasman Sea.  So is the urgency of the search in order to save lives.  After New Zealand authorities suspended the search for the yacht on July 5th, 2013, the families were forced to seek independent assistance.  That came in the name of the non-profit Texas Equusearch, (TES) which looks for missing people law enforcement has been unable to find throughout the U.S.  Equusearch has found over 300 missing people to date.

John Glennie pulls loose skin over his underwear to demonstrate his weight loss after 119 days stranded at sea.

Ralph Baird, TES Executive Advisor, said his team of volunteer computer scientists, fluid geophysicists and volunteer NASA rocket scientists and other computer experts are working on pin-pointing the Nina on satellite imagery.  They have access to some of the satellite photographs taken through Digital Globe.  TES analyzes the information directly and then posts it for Tomnod to use, according to information released by Baird. This process is more efficient than running all the images through Tomnod first.

A benefit concert is planned to help raise funds for the
private search for the SV Nina.  So far, the US State Department refuses to cooperate with the search coordinator, TES.

At the same time, the urgency to find the missing sailors increases daily.  While the Nina skipper, David Dyche, is experienced at sea survival, the crew's longevity at sea has it's limits.  When another sailor, John Glennie, washed up onto a New Zealand Island after being adrift for 119 days, he had lost most of his body weight.  Glennie's skin was so loose he could pull it over his underwear.  Glennie said his boat had turned into a floating reef and he would have survived longer if he had to.  

The United States Department of State has steadfastly refused to assist TES in the Nina search.  Instead, the US refers requests for assistance to an office in the US State Department which helps relatives return the bodies of US citizens who perish in other countries.  Many in the families say the seven sailors aboard the Nina are alive. They need the US government to advocate for them, instead of insisting the crew perished when there is no evidence to prove that.  TES usually works along side law enforcement serving as a useful asset rather than working alone.  However, since TES is getting no cooperation, they and supporting family members like Ricky Wright, father of crew member Danielle Wright, have few options.

This photograph taken by Matthew Wootton was sold at the Texas Press Conference and Fund Raiser

Baird said recent fund raising events were very successful, with more events planned.  Air searches will resume the instant a likely prospect is located, Baird said.  Baird said the funds are placed into a special account only for the use of the missing sailors.  Those sailors are David Dyche, Rosemary Dyche, David Dyche IV, Danielle Wright, Evi Nemeth, Kyle Jackson and Matthew Wootton.

The next event for fundraising is September 7th, 2013.  It is a benefit concert at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette Louisiana.  Admission is $10 at the door.  The concert begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.

Updates can be found at EVXX.COM.

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