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    New Zealand - 6 Americans, 1 Briton, ages 17-73, & ship Nina lost at sea, 4 June 2013

    From Daily Mail; the last contact was 04 June, the search initiated on 14 June.

    'The weather's turned nasty, how do we get away from it?': Last phone call made
    before six Americans and one Brit vanished while sailing from New Zealand to Australia

    The dramatic final phone call made by six Americans and one Briton who vanished while sailing from New Zealand to Australia has been revealed.

    A New Zealand meteorologist, Bob McDavitt, said the crew got in contact and said: 'The weather's turned nasty, how do we get away from it?'

    The historic yacht - the Nina - has not made contact for three weeks; it left Opua in the Bay of Islands and was headed to Newcastle, Australia. The phone calls and texts ended June 4.

    Searchers said today they have grave concerns for the crew on the classic 85-year-old wooden vessel.
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    Authorities say the skipper of the 70-foot (21-metre) vessel Nina is American David Dyche.

    They say there are two other American men and three American women aboard, aged between 17 and 73. Also aboard is a British man, aged 35.

    Messages posted online by friends indicate the boat originally left from Panama City, Florida.
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    McDavitt said he advised the crew to stay put and ride out the storm another day. He continued sending messages the next few days but didn't hear back. Friends of the crew got in touch with McDavitt soon after that, and then alerted authorities June 14.
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    The last communication was from 370 nautical miles west of New Zealand.

    Kevin Banaghan, who is spearheading search efforts by Maritime New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre, said the crew hoped to arrive in Australia mid-June but that, given the conditions, he considered a realistic arrival date to be about June 25.
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    He said there are several possible scenarios, including the boat losing communications, drifting off course, or the crew taking to lifeboats; there's also a possibility the boat suffered a catastrophic failure and sank before anybody had time to react.
    much more, with pictures, map, etc., at link above
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    I hope that they are found safe, sounds very bad though
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    I also hope for their safe return. It's been three weeks since the crew was last heard from... the fortunate scenarios seem to be dwindling.

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    Unfortunately it seems one for only the poets now:

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    ............Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    ............Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.


    Prayers though, as they could still be out there, above water somewhere.
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    O/T but related:
    The last time I talked to an Australian about helping me find an American MP, they told me that the reason Americans disappear in Australia is because of "drop bears" the vicious cousin of the Koala. It hides in trees in the bush and drops down on unsuspecting tourists killing them. Natives know better not to go into the bush, so the likeliness of the person being "found" is slim to none. When I looked up "drop bear" about a month later on wiki; I found that it was a fictional animal.
    HaHa! very funny...not. MOO
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    NZ/AUS 6 Americans vanish at sea in boat, Nina

    Six Americans have been missing at sea for more than three weeks after setting sail from New Zealand, officials said Thursday.
    Three males -- aged 17, 28 and 58 -- and three women -- aged 18, 60 and 73 -- along with a 35-year-old British man were aiming to sail the 70-foot schooner Nina to Newcastle, Australia.
    The vessel left the Bay of Islands area of northern New Zealand on May 29. It has not been heard from since June 4, when the ship was 370 miles west-north west of Cape Reinga in "very rough" conditions with winds gusting to 68 mph and 26-foot swells.
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...australia?lite

    A name search of the vessel leads to the owners, David and Rosemary Dyche. They have a 17 yr old son and have been sailing around the world since 2008. Cruising message boards have more information but not sure if I can link that.

    This article has a picture of Rosemary and her son in NZ last Christmas.
    http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/ne...pirit/1653686/

    The father's fb....their son is leaving the boat in July to attend college. I hope they are found soon. Air searches haven't seen them.
    https://www.facebook.com/david.dyche.3

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    A lot of foreign sailors go missing in the waters around Australia because they underestimate the conditions and get into trouble. I hope these people are found, but I don't hold high hopes. It's winter here and the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand are treacherous even on a calm day. They need to expand the search area, imo. Anything the searchers find will be a long way off course - the currents in the Tasman Sea are notoriously strong.

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    This has more names.

    David Dyche 58, his wife Rosemary, 60, and their 17-year-old son, also named David, left the Bay of Islands aboard their 21m schooner Nina on May 29. They were heading for Newcastle, Australia, with a 35-year-old British man and three other Americans - a woman, 18, a man, 28 and Evi Nemeth, 73.
    Evi Nemeth is known in technology circles as the matriarch of system administration and technology infrastructure measurement.

    She has been named as one of the "top 25 women on the web".
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10893482

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenstar View Post
    O/T but related:
    The last time I talked to an Australian about helping me find an American MP, they told me that the reason Americans disappear in Australia is because of "drop bears" the vicious cousin of the Koala. It hides in trees in the bush and drops down on unsuspecting tourists killing them. Natives know better not to go into the bush, so the likeliness of the person being "found" is slim to none. When I looked up "drop bear" about a month later on wiki; I found that it was a fictional animal.
    HaHa! very funny...not. MOO
    sorry I couldn't help but laugh, drop bear jokes are common and trying to work out if someone is being serious isn't always easy.

    Please don't take that experience as being typical of all Australians, many of us try to be helpful.
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    Huffington Post:
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    The leader of Friday's search efforts, Neville Blakemore of New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre, said the logical conclusion is that the boat sank rapidly, preventing the crew from activating the locator beacon or using other devices aboard, including a satellite phone and a spot beacon. He said that unlike many locator beacons, the one aboard the Nina is not activated by water pressure and wouldn't start automatically if the boat sank.
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    more here: Nina, American Schooner, Sank Between New Zealand & Australia, Rescuers Believe
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    Air Force search finds no sign of missing yacht

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10893895
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    British man on Nina. He refused to fly anywhere for environmental reasons. I'm assuming he was just hitching a ride on the boat to AU and had met the boat owners on his visit to NZ.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...w-Zealand.html

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    NZ resumes search for missing schooner

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/worl...701-2p64f.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenstar View Post
    O/T but related:
    The last time I talked to an Australian about helping me find an American MP, they told me that the reason Americans disappear in Australia is because of "drop bears" the vicious cousin of the Koala. It hides in trees in the bush and drops down on unsuspecting tourists killing them. Natives know better not to go into the bush, so the likeliness of the person being "found" is slim to none. When I looked up "drop bear" about a month later on wiki; I found that it was a fictional animal.
    HaHa! very funny...not. MOO
    LOL! I am an American who moved to Australia twelve years ago when I married. At our US wedding reception, my husband told my family about drop bears... and later revealed the joke. Yet I have one aunt who remains utterly convinced they exist, she still worries for me all these years later.

    Sorry to go off topic.

    Just found out about this case so I'll need to play catch-up a bit, but here's hoping for a happy resolution soon, may they be flound safe & well.

    Edited to add: looks as if they were to come into port here in Oz not far from me. The seas to my east (i.e. around Lord Howe Island, off of Newcastle, east towards NZ) can be treacherous. But I won't lose hope yet.

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    Still no results in search for missing yacht

    http://www.katc.com/news/still-no-re...missing-yacht/
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