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I take your points. However, consider this:
1. The USCG routinely posts or makes available to the media videos of rescues at sea;
2. My contacts with BASRA, and others, generally have good up-to-the-minute information on SAR activities. So far, nothing.
3. There's a 5,000 ft airstrip just south of Marsh Harbour. While conditions may not be favorable for a search by water, there's no reason not to do low-level passes -- with photos -- over the area, either by fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft. USCG. BASRA. BDF. Media. Family, using chartered aircraft. Friends and colleagues...perhaps paid for by Laura's own very successful company. The cognizant insurance company. Etc., etc.
4. Sometimes, the US Navy undertakes difficult SAR missions for practice and training. Their equipment and access to imaging and other assets far exceeds that available to civilian agencies. This was a U.S. documented vessel, i.e., a United States ship. Maybe they could be enticed????
While its a very long shot, Laura could well be alive and stranded somewhere. Or could have been for the better part of the last seven days when what happened?? USCG gave up after two days?
I repeat, why in heaven's name after the seventh day don't we have ANY reliable information from primary sources (SAR teams or the Captain/crew themselves)??? Even the most elementary information, e.g., WHERE IS THE BOAT? It's been 'reported' variously that the boat is "stuck on a reef" and that the boat is "on the beach". Which is it?
Again, Scott, I understand your arguments and to a certain extent believe as you do. However, this incident feels decidedly different from others and we don't know why.
Last edited by btrayfors; 11-19-2010 at 04:51 PM.