Search finds no sign of missing Nina

05:05, Jul 19 2013
Nina missing boat crew
MISSING: From left, David Dyche IV, Rosemary Dyche and David Dyche III.

A private search for a yacht missing off in the Tasman Sea since June has found no sign of the vessel or the seven people on board.

A second day of searching is underway.

An aircraft paid for by private donations and controlled by a search organisation, Texas Equusearch, is looking for the 85-year-old Nina north of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Equusearch said it was working with US government officials and agencies to gain access to satellite imagery in hopes of tracking Nina from Opua.

"These efforts are looking promising as many US officials are stepping up to secure needed technical expertise in this area."

The yacht left Opua in the Bay of Islands on May 29 and was last heard from on June 4 as it was hit by the worst winter storm suffered by New Zealand this year.

On board were David Dyche III, 58, his wife, Rosemary, 60,  son David Dyche IV, 17, Evi Nemeth, 73,  Kyle Jackson, 27 and Danielle Wright, all Americans. Also aboard was Matthew Wootton, 35.

An extensive official New Zealand search found nothing and was called off earlier this month.

Relatives of those on board have criticised maritime authorities for ending the operation.

Wright's family organised the private search and according to US news website has started a "Blue" support movement as they wait for news.

"It's really the blue, it's kind of like a sharing bond, you know. The other families of the other crew members are also doing a lot of blue, so it's really kind of a bonding, you know it's like staying strong and hope together as we're all waiting for them to come home," cousin Rebekah Wright said.

In their neighbourhood several mailboxes have blue ribbons to show support for Wright's family.

"I know that every time they look at that blue bow they're thinking of our daughter and praying for her," Robin Wright said.

Equusearch has set up a Facebook page called Bringing Home the Nina and Her Crew.


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