Friday, August 23, 2013

Hope Reigns Eternal

As the teams buckle down in their assigned tasks, the effort by Equusearch to find a solution to the disappearance of the Nina, a 1928 racing schooner, moves into high gear.  Thousands of people have leant their eyes, have opened their pocket books and millions have opened their hearts.

What the search teams need now is a good break and government assets.  The searchers could benefit from object recognition software and updated satellite pictures of the Tasman sea.

The search teams could also benefit from the use of P3 Orions which have long distance, over-ocean, capability.  The search has been very clear in not placing additonal lives at risk.

The United States could prove a big help to New Zealand in reducing the extreme costs of searching for lost people through a new era of cooperation.  The island nation of about 3 million people is tasked with the entire cost of searching for lost people at sea.

Ralph Baird with Texas Equusearch said his organization would change the way search and rescue is done at sea.  What a noble cause to help future sailors who find themselves in trouble in the Tasman Sea.

On June 4th, 2013, the last message from the yacht, Nina, was sent.  The search was delayed 20 days until the sailors failed to arrive per schedule.  The official search was suspended on July 5th, 2013.  A private search organization, Texas Equusearch, began to offer advice to the Wright family, Ricky and Robin Wright, parents of crew member Danielle Wright.

The search for seven people brave enough to live a dream depends upon the good will of all who read this blog because the governments responsible for the search have thrown in the towel.

1 comment:

  1. I would think this would be amenable to Machine Learning, but I recall the very early machine learning trials of over a decade ago where the experts thought the computer was learning to recognize images of tanks but it turned out that the computer was merely learning to separate photos taken on sunny days versus overcast days.

    There are much better Machine Learning suites available today.‎
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