Well its 5 months now. Are we considering them, finally, to be 'lost at sea'?
No, not at all. Here is an excerpt from a letter they are sending out to people:
Please help save 7 sailors. If they are afloat, and there is a good chance of that, they need immediate action! Other boats, including the Scotch Bonnet, abandoned near the last known position of the Nina, took many months to drift to shore.
When some of the families launched a private search the U.S. State Department placed barriers in their path. Instead of helping with the search, the Department of State asked for dental records, which is inappropriate while an active search is in progress! They also reportedly prevented cooperation by the U.S. Coast Guard in running search drift modeling and many other things.
The families are asking for support from the sailing community. They have filed a petition and ask your members to review and if in agreement, to sign this petition. We are trying to save 7 lives!
Without assistance, the Nina sailors will likely perish in the reverse circulating currents of the Tasman Sea.
Ricky Wright, father of crew member Danielle Wright, will deliver the petition in person. With him will be John Glennie, the world record holder for longest survival at sea in a small craft in cold climate. His trimaran, the Rose Noelle, capsized off the coast of New Zealand. He and three crew mates were at sea for 119 days.
Texas Equusearch, a non-profit. 100% volunteer organization, is advising the search. Since coming on board, the organization has made huge changes in search and rescue at sea, including better ways to run the drift modeling to determine where a yacht has drifted to over time and the tasking of satellites to search for the Nina in the Tasman Sea, a first ever for a private yacht. Because of their work, all sailors will be safer!
As a final note, we are also seeking volunteers to help us in the on-line Tomnod search of satellite images. The link to log on is included.
Thank you for your assistance.
Tim Paynter Volunteer
720 951 1700
News: Text From Historic Schooner Nina Reignites Hope For 6 Americans, 1 Brit Lost At Sea Off New Zealand
Donations: MY PRECIOUS DAUGHTER IS MISSING!!! by Robin Wright - GoFundMe
Find the Nina on Digital Globe Satellite Images: (Note, the Tomnod page goes down when they load images.) Tomnod
Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ninasearch/