Family asks for support as search continues

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The search continues for missing Lafayette teen, 19-year-old Danielle Wright and six other crew members about the 70 foot S/V Nina. They've been lost at sea for over 70 days. The Nina left New Zealand for a two-week trip, but after a storm there's been no communication.  Thursday, searchers are pleading for the public's help.

Family and volunteers gathered Thursday afternoon holding pictures of Wright who was staying with family friends in New Zealand for the summer. After weeks of searching, there's still no trace of the crew or the sailboat. But Tim Miller with Texas Eqqusearch says that doesn't mean all hope is lost.

“We know there are plenty of things on the Nina and we have no one shred of evidence that the Nina has sunk,” said Miller.

Danielle's mother, Robin Wright says her daughter was on board with skilled sailors who have been through dire moments before.

“The more we learn about the crew they're with, the more confident we are they're catching fish, catching turtles, catching rainwater,” said Robin. The family says the U.S. government is no longer aiding in the search. But with the help of Equusearch, they're using new strategies trying to pinpoint where the Nina may have drifted.

“We found a new area with the drift modeling programs they have,” said Danielle's father, Ricky Wright. “There's high probability they'll be in that area. We have planes that are flying over those areas right now.”

And the independent search is extremely expensive. It costs between 15 and $20,000-a-day to do a fly over. And there's still a lot of ground to cover. Several accounts have been set up, including one at Home Bank, where Thursday's meeting was held.  With 300,000 square miles of waters left to search, they need all the help they can get.

“We love her so much and we want her back,” said Robin. “And we need your help because we can't do this alone.”

They are still hopeful that the US government will decide to initiate a new search with the permission of the New Zealand Coast Guard. 

Donations are being accepted at:

All Home Bank locations ACCT#2059321602 (Make payable to Robin Wright)

Sunbelt Business Brokers, 2701 Johnston Street, Suite 300, Lafayette, LA

Community Foundation of Acadiana, 1035 Camellia Blvd, Lafayette, LA

Texas Equusearch online at www.texasequusearch.org, must add special instruction to the seller – Nina Search Fund

Additional information can be obtained on Face Book Bringing Home the Nina and Crew or call Robin Wright/Sunbelt Business Brokers 337-234-7008.

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