Sunday, January 26, 2014

Families Probe Nina Search, Meet With Authorities.questions linger

Some of the family members whose loved ones are missing on a 1928 schooner that disappeared in the Tasman Sea are asking for more information about the initial search.  Meanwhile, Australian authorities have refused to assist in a requested communications search.

Where is the sailboat Nina today?  No one knows.  Other boats have been lost in the Tasman sea for up to a year, caught in the vicious reverse circulating currents.  A few boats have met their fate with Davey Jones' locker.  However, it is very odd for a boat to disappear off of the map leaving no clue as to what happened to the crew and the ship.

Danielle Wright, on her parent's catamaran

When governments refuse to cooperate in continuing a search, what more can be done than the families launching their own private search?  One would presume anyone who is willing to launch a private search and raise the significant sums required to put that search into place, would enjoy government cooperation.  We have been very vocal about our disappointment the U.S. has not been supportive of the private search.  It appears, more facts may be forthcoming.

A few weeks ago, Ricky and Robin Wright, parents of crew member Robin Wright, received a tip about a piece of wood that was spotted floating off of Frasier Island, Australia.  The wood contained the letters "INA".  If you stick an N on that phrase you get "Nina".  But you could also stick an "MAR" onto the phrase to get "Marina".  Unfortunately, the remnant was not recovered and the search performed by the Wrights revealed flotsam but nothing that looked like the Nina, which the Wrights have seen in person while on their own cruise.

One thing is for sure.  If the remnant was from the Nina, then the boat didn't sink.  Rather, it broke up when it reached land, just as John Glennie's boat, the Rose Noelle, broke up after getting pounded in the surf after floating for 119 days off of the East coast of New Zealand.

Robin and Ricky Wright, Sue and Ian Wootton, parents of crew member Matthew Wootton, Ralph Baird, Larry Slack and a host of other people have spent countless hours and remain actively seeking answers in the Nina disappearance.  They are an example of the kind of people any sailor wants on his side if things go wrong. That is part of the point of the discussion with the New Zealand authorities.  The Nina won't be the last boat to encounter trouble in the vicious Tasman Sea.  Are there lessons to be learned from this case?  We wait for more news, but surely, there is always something to be learned.

The families and members of Texas Equusearch are not alone.  Many people in New Zealand and Australia relate well to how difficult life would be stranded on a sailboat.  On a face book page, one of those people write:

"Kia ora, hello to all the Nina whanau (family and friends). 
Just a small message to say there are many people in New Zealand that feel ya, and many minds that send positivity your way. 

I remember awhile ago i was in Whangarei (Northland, NZ)  and couldnt help but spotting the Nina moored there in the   marina, I distinctively remember it being a standout  colourfully flagged and beautiful boat and had a equally  lovely lady sitting on the deck reading a book in the sunshine . I gave a wave and a smile, and so did she. 

Not a day goes by that i dont think about them still out there. 
 My heart goes out to the family, and i know many others that  feel the same. 

Kia kaha, which in Maori, means stay strong.
 Not a day goes by that i dont think about them still out there.  My heart goes out to the family, and i know many others that feel the same. 

Kia kaha, which in Maori, means stay strong."

Miracles happen, and history repeats itself.  Other boats lost in the Tasman Sea have surprised the naysayers when the boat washed up on an Australian shore, or in some cases, even a New Zealand shore.  When one begins flying the area, the possible locations are like stars in the Universe, some of them remote.  The families ask pilots, sailors, cruise line passengers and crew, fishermen and even hermits, to keep a sharp eye for a boat lying low in the water, or washed up on yonder shore.

You can help by signing our petition asking the U.S. government to do it's part for the souls on the Nina.  Please sign here.

Why not pull a few bucks out of your pocket and contribute the the search fund?  It might save these brave souls, and for sure, the lessons learned will surely save others who venture onto the Tasman Sea.


How is will your donation be used?
Search efforts for finding the Nina are privately funded by the Nina crew families, friends, and various fundraising activities. No monies have been provide by any government agency or Texas EquuSearch. 100% of these funds go to conducting private air searches out of New Zealand and Australia. There are hundreds of non-paid volunteers and multiple commercial service providers, who freely give their time, efforts, and resources to help find the Nina 7. For more information about financial distribution, please request in writing a summary by contacting the headquarters office of Texas EquuSearch.
Thank you for visiting our donate page, and below are the donation options:
1) HOME BANK – drop off checks at any location in South Louisiana, Acct# 2059321602.
2) Go online: Community Foundation of Acadiana  Danielle Wright Search Fund
3) Go online: Texas Equusearch Please indicate your donation is for the  ”Niña Search Fund”
4) Donate direct from our Bringing Home the Niña Facebook Page – Click colorful Donate Button or GO HERE
We’d like to thank all our donors for supporting our efforts to bring the Nina 7 home.

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