Thursday, December 26, 2013

7 Sailors Wait While The World Celebrates The Holiday

Cartoon Credit NZ Herald

There is both encouraging news and bad news in the search for the 1928 schooner, Nina, that went missing in the Tasman Sea on June 4th, 2013.  The bad news is as always, no one has heard or seen the Nina since she missed a scheduled check in with New Zealand weatherman Bob McDavitt.  The encouraging news mostly remains the same.  If the Nina was afloat on June 5th, 2013, then she is afloat today.

Of course, the naysayers claim there is no point in searching for the Nina today because the crew could not possibly survive after six months at sea.  I love naysayers because they are almost always wrong.  John Glennie, who survived 119 days afloat on the upside down Rose Noelle, says if the Nina survived the storm she was battling then, not only is the boat afloat, but the sailors are alive.  He says he would have been able to survive for an extended period of time if the Rose Noelle had not bumped into an Island on the East side of New Zealand saving Glennie and his three crew members.

Meanwhile, the families remain guarded in the information they are willing to release about the effectiveness of the original search.  Likewise, they say they have no confidence in further lobbying of the U.S. State Department which reportedly intervened to stop U.S. efforts to find the Nina.

 The U.S. State Department claims New Zealand says the boat sank so there is no reason to expend U.S. resources.  When the U.S. State Department says they are not experts in search and rescue they are right.  The sinking of the Nina is one of many scenarios postulated by the New Zealand authorities.  Other theories include a likely dis-masting rendering the Nina incapable of navigation.  The only thing that is clear, after the most thorough search in the history of New Zealand, not a single trace of the boat was found.  It is very rare for a boat to sink without coughing up clues.

Fortunately, not everyone is buying into naysayer claims.  Some private pilots are launching their own private search, Operation Nina, to check the barrier islands lying off the East coast of Australia.  Numerous boats lost in the Tasman Sea eventually landed on one of those islands or an Australian beach including the Scotch Bonnet in 2012, which was abandoned near the last know position of the Nina.

Some people have inaccurately reported Sailing Savoir Faire as an "activist website" with ulterior motives.  Frankly, we lean hard left on the side of the current government in most of our reporting.  However, as journalists, we are responsible for reporting the truth.  From our perspective, we don't think any of the peoples of New Zealand, Australia, England or the U.S. would be happy to learn 7 sailors are floating in the Tasman Sea in desperate need of help and the respective governments are spending their time passing the buck to each other rather than rolling up their sleeves. We must report exactly that.  

Lacking evidence of a sinking, the rational conclusion to make is the Nina is afloat and the sailors need immediate assistance.  All sailors might be wise to take the Nina case as a harbinger when contemplating the prospects for rescue while venturing into similar waters.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ha Ha, A Sailing Movie

Living the Carefree Lifestyle

Sailing represents something in all of us that needs to be let out.  It brings out the better side of us when we use magic powers which allow a boat to dance along without the din of the engine.  People who normally would be the sternest adults let their younger side peek through.  Sailing is that little kid inside of us that maybe we couldn't set free when we were really little kids.  Now is the Time.  Go Sailing.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters In Schooner Nina Search

How long can 7 souls eek out a living on a damaged sailboat adrift in the toughest waters nature has to throw at an adventurer?

John Glennie, who holds the known record for the longest survival time at sea on an overturned trimaran called the Rose Noelle, says if the Nina is afloat, the sailors are alive.  John caught rain for water and fished to supply the nutrients needed for life for him and his three crew members. It was 119 days later the Rose Noelle washed up on the East side of New Zealand.

The Nina has been missing for over 170 days.  The Wright family, Robin and Ricky, went to New Zealand to do an areal search for the missing yacht.  They spent several days on Lord Howe Island, taking daily tours in a search route identified as most likely to hold the Nina.  After investing most of the piggy bank on this search, and finding nothing, the Wrights went to Australia.  Ricky is now taking private pilot lessons and searching for his daughter, Danielle Wright, as well.  They are searching up and down remote stretches of Australia coast line hoping to find the 1928 schooner and her crew.

The Wrights stand as the ultimate heroes in the Nina search.  It was Ricky Wright who asked Texas Equusearch to advise the families in a private search when New Zealand search and rescue threw in the towel. The Wrights, Kyle Jackson's father Duane Jackson and Salley Davis, Matthew Wootton's parents Sue and Ian Wootton, Lazslo Nemeth, son of Evi Nemeth, Ralph Baird, Executive Search Coordinator for TES, along with Larry Slack, Satellite Coordinator, Jerry Borrer, Drift Logistics Coordinator, Lenore Psencik, Adrienne Gauthier, Satellite Lead, John Funnell, Karen Lagow, and many more people in the Tomnod Search effort are all my heroes.  These are the troopers who have refused to give up the fight.  They see the vision of a floating Nina and want to do all that is possible to greet the 7 sailors back into society.

A tear rolls down my cheek thinking about these dedicated people sacrificing time, money, and an ocean of heart in the campaign to save the 7 sailors, Yet, I fight conflicting feelings.  As Ralph Baird said, if we sat any reasonable person down and laid out the tragic Nina story to them, everyone to a man-or woman, would agree, it is very likely the Nina is afloat and lost in the remote reverse circulating currents of the Tasman Sea.  Yet, no government is willing to step up with the resources necessary to bring the crew home.  Only governments have these resources.  When I think of how my own government, for one, has failed these sailors, along with others, then those feelings of pride and appreciation for what individuals are doing gives way to rage over what governments are not doing.

There is more of the Nina story which remains untold.   That is true with almost every epic, there is a public story, and then there is the story behind the story.  Rarely does the true story ever come out.  When the story does come out, people slap their heads with their hands and say, "ohhh....NOW I understand why there were so many dedicated people working on the campaign.  It makes sense."  It makes sense for an all-out, no holds barred, government effort to rescue 7 people.  It does not look like that will happen.

The thing is, the family members representing the Nina crew all come from hard working, and frankly, patriotic roots.  They believe pursuing the American Dream is a two part process.  First, you have to do your part, which means education and career.  The second part is a strong belief in the government.  That is why, when the U.S. State Department failed to support the 6 American and 1 British sailors, there was a lot of bewilderment.  How is it, at a time when citizens need most for the Department of State to go to bat for them, the citizens, and their families, come up empty handed?  Rather than take their government to task, the families have mostly chosen to take the high road.

Fortunately, there is a bridge over troubled waters.  I am very proud to make up a tiny part of that bridge, which mostly consists of the dedicated search team mentioned.  What a great honor it is to work with incredibly talented people led by the Wright family, and advised by Texas Equusearch, in transcending geo-political problems.  We are in the search for Matthew Wootton, Danielle Wright, Kyle Jackson, Evi Nemeth, David Dyche, Rosemary Dyche, David Dyche IV on the historic schooner Nina.  Each of us has an opportunity to perhaps save a life in the Nina case.  The search team has paid dearly in all they have done.  The very least we can do is support the search, sign the petition and help the families bring the crew home.

GCaptain Article: Satellite Searches For Nina

Help Find The Nina: Tomnod

Donate To Search Fund HERE

Nina Vigil
Holding Hope
The Search For Damien Diamond and Richard Choi
Bringing Home The Nina and Her Crew

Updates: EVXX

Sign the Petition: HERE

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hold Fast, Sailing Documentary Part I

For all the people who say they can't live their dreams,
 this video tells you why you can!

Hold Fast Part II

The Only Thing We Have To Fear...
Is Not Trying...

Hold Fast Part II

hold fast Part III

Better Than All Is Lost, because it is all true!

Everyone has a right to their dream!  Sometimes it is a matter of figuring out how to make the dream come true.  However, one of the biggest obstacles to living our dream is the fear of losing what we have, or even the fear our dream may actually come to pass!  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

"All Is Lost" Falls Short To "Hi Ya Mom" and "Bring Crew Home"

Famous actor, Robert Redford is said to have put in a monumental performance in his film, "All Is Lost".  Redford is the only actor who successfully carries the story line of a sailboat sinking, and crew (Redford) taking to a life raft.

As good a performance as Redford puts in, he pales to the performance put in by the real thing.  Several short films have been produced around the missing 1928 schooner, the Nina, and her crew.  Kyle Jackson, Danielle Wright, Matthew Wootton, Evi Nemeth, and the Dyche family, David, Rosemary and David Jr, are crew on an American treasure, the Nina.

The following are two films which most people find riveting.  There is no acting here, it is all very real.

One of the last messages sent by Kyle Jackson to his mother before leaving on the Nina.  Kyle makes a frank admission in the film.

This film is about Danielle Wright, the 19 year old daughter of Ricky and Robin Wright. A loving community came together to support the Wright family. The band Kingdom wrote a song for her.

Enjoy and please support the cause of the 7 sailors stranded on the yacht, the Nina!

On-Line petition: HERE

Search For the Nina Here

Donations can be given HERE

Search Updates:

It is unfortunate the Redford team has not seen a way to support the real life adventure of seven sailors who may be living the Hollywood version of his film. Not to worry, the real life event is full of pure drama, intrigue, scandal and mostly, hope and inspiration!

After sending in an image that appears to be the Nina, the RCC-NZ refuses to search for the missing boat.  They say the image is not clear enough for them.

#S7S #Nina #ninarescue @immigrants2bfre

Friday, October 25, 2013

Banned For Life For Asking For Help

I was banned for LIFE by the Cruiser and Sailors Forum for posting a response to some negative information about the Nina search.  My post read:

"Actually, there are some exciting things going on in
the Nina search. The use of satellites to locate a boat
in the Immense Tasman Sea will eventually save other lives. The worst thing we can steal from others is hope.

Fortunately, not many people have long term survival at sea stories because most get rescued. Those who do have stories, like John Gelnnie, who spoke to us while the Nina families were in Texas, was an inspiration. John survived 119 days on the East side of NZ. He is happy he rescued himself.
Unfortunately, in the Tasman, rescue may be more critical, as boats can get caught in a never ending merry-go-round of the reverse circulating currents. 

The good news, the Nina had good store on her. She likely had engine failure due to fuel starvation.  The text message sent indicates her sails were blown out. It is spring time in the Tasman, lots of rain for water and fish to eat.  There is no evidence the yacht sank, no flotsam, nothing.  They did a thorough search of the shore line and found nothing.

Let's stay positive, the search continues, new technology is being applied, all of us may benefit from that. We hope to bring the sailors home. If anyone is interested in looking for the Nina on satellite images pm me and I will get you set up!"

After posting this, I emailed one of the administrators on the board who had given me two strikes on a three strikes and you are out policy for posting a copy of a press release about a meeting the rescue team was having in Houston, Texas.  Sailor, John Glennie, who survived 119 days in an over-turned catamaran was set to speak and I wanted to let Houston sailors know about it so they could attend.

Unfortunately, I neglected to spot the four words about the search willing to accept donations. Out of a 1000 word release, I should have noticed.   For that, they gave me the two strikes because they don't allow "solicitation for donations" on their site, a rule i respect.  Frankly, it was a release about the event, not a solicitation for donations.  

So here I am, offering to set people up to search for the Nina on satellite images. All you have to do is log into the website, Tomnod, and off you go. My email to the admin asked for that permission.

The next day when I got up, I found I had been banned for life by Angela from the Cruisers and Sailors Forum. Her message read:

" Hello Tim

We have been extremely tolerant of your repeated posts calling for donations to Texas Equusearch (both for the missing yacht Nina and for Lady Domina) and for members to support Tomnod, who appear closely linked with Texas Equusearch.

You have had repeat personal messages to quit soliciting members, including a strike for doing so. You requested posting another link to Tomnod. This was not granted, yet you went ahead and asked members to contact you via PM for details of how to look at satellite images for Tonmod.

With great reluctance you are being issued with a third strike and a permanent ban from Cruising Forum.

Yours sincerely


As usual, Angela got it wrong, but you can't make sense with her.  I never received a response to my query about being able to post a link to the Tomnod site.   However, why anyone would oppose an appeal to search for the Nina on satellite maps is a question Angela is not willing to answer.  More, Tomnod is a private web site owned by the imaging specialist, Digital Globe.  They are the guys who provide a lot of the images for Google Earth.   

 Angela claims Tomnod is associated with Texas Equusearch, a clear mistatement.  There is no affiliation, though Texas Equusearch is advising the families in the Nina search.  The families have been able to obtain images by Digital Globe.  The images are hosted on the Tomnod site.  Further, Texas Equusearch had nothing to do with the Lady Domina search, either.  More, I am not an 'official' Texas Equusearch volunteer, though I support their great work.  Certainly, at least one sailor on the Cruiser's Forum will benefit one day from the work they are doing.

If we can't convince fellow sailors to stand by the effort to save the 7 sailors on the Nina, how can we convince the rest of the world to support this wonderful cause?  When administrators on the Cruisers Forum toss people off their board who are working to inform the community, and to help save 7 lives, one has to wonder about the value of the rest of the information on their site.

Of course, you can't make these basic arguments to Cruiser Forum admins.   First, they don't listen.  Second, there is no place to respond to since once booted off you can't write to them.  After getting socked two points for posting a mere press release, they refused to communicate with me except to say, 'why don't you go somewhere else'.

Why anyone would oppose the attempted rescue of the seven sailors on the Nina, I have no idea.  Why anyone would oppose Texas Equusearch and the research they are doing in the field of search and rescue at sea is beyond me.  

At the least, nearly everyone who hears about the plight of the seven sailors wants to help.  Over 13,000 people have signed up to search for the Nina on the Tomnod website, including sailors.  We expected a few people to oppose the efforts to save the Nina Seven out of ignorance.  We just didn't expect that ignorance to come from fellow sailors.

I don't suppose it will do any good to get these basic arguments to Angela through a third party.  This is a lesson for all of us in the importance of explaining the great work being done, and I guess, that includes explaining to people who should be in the know.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Petition To Save 7 Sailors Hits 2K Mark

People All Over The World Sign To Save The Nina 7

A petition to save the 7 sailors aboard the 1928 schooner, Nina, hit 2000 signatures yesterday, October 17th, 2013.  Friends and family of the missing sailors are asking the US State Department to take a leadership role in the search for the missing schooner and crew.


You can add your voice to the petition. 

People who don't believe the crew could survive this long in the hostile environment of the Tasman Sea are not informed of the facts.  Only 1 scenario out of 6 scenarios postulated by the Rescue Coordination Center, New Zealand, suggests the yacht sank.  Other scenarios suggest the Nina is disabled and floating in the famous reverse circular currents of the Tasman Sea.

Sailors are taught how to catch rain water to supplement limited provisions.  It is winter in the Tasman Sea so rain will be plentiful.  The Nina also has store aboard her, which will add to longevity.  But the best source for sustenance is the very ocean water upon which the yacht is lost.  The Tasman Sea is rich in marine life which will come in handy as the crew aboard the Nina battle for survival.

The Dyche family renovated the Nina over several years.  Captain David Dyche is a professional ships captain.  From the start of their ordeal, he knows survival is a matter of management of the scarce resources available to him.  It is logical and reasonable to assume Dyche began rationing food and stores as the crew began to set about the business of a possible long-term rescue.

Meanwhile, Texas Equusearch, an all volunteer organization, has been advising the families on effective search strategy.  The families want the United States to support them in various ways.   So far, their petition to the United States Department of State has fallen on deaf ears.  However, there is keen optimism a decision maker, rather than an administrator, will take an interest in the Nina rescue case and listen to what the families have to say.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ralph Baird Talks About Hopes For Nina on NZ National Radio

Families and TES Spot Boat On Satellite

Ralph Baird is interviewed on New Zealand National Radio about the image spotted on satellite images taken of the Tasman Sea.  The images were taken by Digital Globe.  They are hosted on a crowd sourcing site called Tomnod.Search Updates:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Public Appeals To RCC-NZ To Resume Search For Lost Nina

The Nina Families Remain Hopeful

Texas Equusearch (TES) and the family members of the crew of the schooner, Nina, lost in the Tasman Sea, released photographs of an image they hope is the Nina.  The image was obtained after tasking satellites to take pictures of the Tasman Sea where the 1928 American treasure disappeared along with the 7 hands aboard. TES and the families want the Rescue Coordination Center, New Zealand (RCC-NZ) to open a new search for the sailors.

The search has been intensive and well coordinated.  The satellite images are hosted on a crowd sourcing site called Tomnod.  TES and the families worked with Fort Collins based Digital Globe to take the photographs.  Over 16,000 people signed up to help review images.  All the hard work may now be paying off.

Mystery Boat, Is This The Nina?

So far, the RCC-NZ refuses to bend on opening a new search for the boat.  Under one of their theories, they say the boat sank.  However, sinking is one of six scenarios the RCC-NZ postulated about the Nina. Other scenarios include the possibility the boat is disabled and drifting or the sailors took to a life raft. The fact is, no evidence has ever been produced to prove the Nina sank, despite the largest search ever launched by the RCC-NZ.

The families say the Nina is floating in reverse circular currents of the Tasman Sea.  As proof, they point to John Glennie, who survived 119 days after his yacht, the Rose Noelle, capsized off of the East coast of New Zealand.  Officials gave up the search for Glennie and the family held a eulogy.  Still, Glennie and his 3 crew mates survived the ordeal, fishing for food and catching rain water for hydration.  Though the Nina disappeared on the West side of New Zealand, both the Rose Noelle and the Nina had problems on the same day of the year, June 4th, significant because it is winter time.

Bob McDavitt
TES and the families base their assertions on the efforts by a high tech team including volunteer NASA scientists, fluid hydrologists and geophysicists who study what happens to liquid, in this case, ocean water, and things which are deposited in them.  Figuring out where the Nina could have drifted to has been a monumental task.  However, TES has employed new methods to use existing SAROPS drift analysis software along with the tasking, for the first time ever, of satellites over the Tasman Sea in the search of a private boat.

According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, meteorologist Bob McDavitt, the satellite images could not be ruled out as representing the Nina.  McDavitt was advising friend and Nina crew member Evi Nemeth, and had the last known conversation by text with the missing sailors.  People from all over the world support the reopening of the search for the missing sailors.

Texas Equusearch is a non-profit organization founded by Tim Miller to locate missing people.  TES uses high technique tactics plus volunteers to help the authorities locate and close old missing person's cases.  TES has been credited with locating over 300 people alive which law enforcement has been unable to find.  The Texas based organization has also been able to find over 100 people who were missing and deceased, including a Navy t-34 pilot.  None of the TES volunteers are paid, including the Nina search Executive Adviser, Ralph Baird.  However, the advances made by the families will help all sailors who become lost in the Tasman Sea.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Betty White Explains The Rules Kiwi Style

If you are thinking about a trip to New Zealand, be sure to study the rules for a safe flight.  Betty White explains them in her latest series, "Excuse me, but can you tell me where this aircraft is headed to?"

If you are crossing from New Zealand to Australia, be sure to keep an eye out for the missing schooner, the Nina!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Coast Guard Pacific Area

Serving the nautical community of the Pacific Region

The US Coast Guard is known as the finest force afloat in the search and rescue of mariners.  The Commander of the Pacific Region sends us this message.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Coast Guard Asks Help After Refusing To Cooperate

Coast Guard looking for 2 fishermen reported missing near Bryan Beach

Bryan Beach

FREEPORT, Texas – Search and rescue crews are looking for two fishermen reported missing Saturday afternoon near Bryan Beach.
According to Texas Equusearch, who is helping the U.S. Coast Guard with the search, two Vietnamese men in their mid-30s were wade fishing at Bryan Beach just off Highway 1495 at 4:30 p.m. A woman in her mid-30s was also with them.
The trio got caught up in the rough surf and were swept away, witnesses said. Bystanders were able to rescue the woman, but could not reach the two men.
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the area with a boat and a helicopter, while Texas Equusearch is assisting with their sonar equipment and all-terrain vehicles.
The beach was temporarily closed on Saturday due the rough surf and high tides generated by Tropical Storm Karen.
It is hard to believe, this is the same U.S. Coast Guard who refused all help and continues to refuse all help in saving the 7 crew members missing on the schooner Nina.  The Nina disappeared in the Tasman Sea on June 4th, 2013.  Texas Equusearch approached the Coast Guard for help running drift modeling.  The Coast Guard said it could not run the drift modeling because the U.S. State Department would not let them.
The Rescue Coordination Center-New Zealand (RCC-NZ) suspended it's search for the 7 sailors missing on the Nina on July 5th, 2013.  Texas Equusearch was asked to advise Ricky Wright in his search for his daughter, Danielle Wright, age 19, who is a crew member aboard the Nina.  The family suspects the Nina is afloat but caught in reverse circulating currents which occur in the Tasman Sea. The Coast Guard was asked to run a computer program  at a nominal cost to the Coast Guard so the families could determine the most likely course the Nina may have taken.  The Coast Guard refusal cost the search significant sums and delayed the running of the programs pending location of a private contractor who agreed to run the programs for a price.  Despite drawbacks, Texas Equusearch found a better way to run the drift modeling adding to the accuracy of the program.
Many people speculate the Nina will eventually drift to an Australian beach like other boats lost in the region, hence presenting potential political problems for the US State Department which steadfastly has refused to devote resources to save the 7 sailors.  The boat will likely drift to land within 1 year, before Secretary of State John Kerry makes a bid for the White House.  While sailors can survive at sea for extended periods of time, it is unknown what that maximum period is.  Surviving a year at sea with no provisions, catching fish and depending upon rain for water, limits life expectancy.  At the least, survivors will testify to the hardships they faced because their country refused to lift a finger to save them.  Except for local coverage, a press blackout has existed around the missing sailors and the battle the families have endured to enlist the aid of the U.S. to help them.  Last year the yacht Scotch Bonnet was abandoned near the last known position of the Nina.  It took nearly 6 months to drift ashore and was spotted only one time during it's journey.
You can help save the 7 sailors by looking for the boat on satellite images taken by Digital Globe.
Texas Equusearch has proven a great friend of the U.S. Coast Guard and the US Navy, as well as law enforcement.  The non-profit organization has been able to locate missing people who the Coast Guard and law enforcement often are unable to locate.  The organization works under the direction of law enforcement and marshals volunteers to do searches.  They also deploy high technology equipment to solve missing persons cases.  To date, they have found over 300 people alive who disappeared, and over 100 persons who were deceased.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

More Comments From Nina Petition Signers, Where is John Kerry?

Family Asks State Department To Take Leadership Role In Nina Search


Page 71  Two Wins To Victory!
Page 72  Families Ask Department Of State To Take Leadership Role
Page 73  Australian At-Sea Rescue Save 1
Page 74 All Is Lost, Lost Is Not Alone
Page 75  Comments From Petition to Department of State

We have a petition drive in process to ask the Department of State to take a leadership role in finding the sailors aboard the Nina, a 1928 schooner that disappeared on June 4th, 2013. 

 The families, through their search advisor, Texas Equusearch, asked the Coast Guard for help, but the effort was blocked by the Department of State. The DoS sent the families to an office in the Department of State which helps relatives make FINAL ARRANGEMENTS for Americans who go missing overseas.

We feel it is inappropriate for the Department of State to advocate for final arrangements while an active search is in progress. The family asks the Department of State, and John Kerry, to take a leadership role in finding the missing sailors aboard the Nina.

Please SIGN THE PETITION and ask your friends to sign it too!  You can sign it HERE.

TES Executive Search Advisor, Ralph Baird

Here is what some of the people who signed the petition say:

David is a friend and classmate of my husband

This is very important to me because one of the seven crew members happens to be my nephew. It is very disheartening to sit here and watch our countries government do nothing to save our families. Our family has had many members of our family that fought in the first war to keep our country free.

It's a shame not to find out what happened. Hopefully they are all still alive but if not, we all need closure, especially the families

I know his mother

There are 7 beautiful human beings that need this country's assistance.!!

Local Home town boy missing at sea..


I know the family of one of the missing.

These are human lives! Hello!!

I have one child, 19 year old honor student Danielle Wright, and she's out there drifting on the Nina, waiting with the rest of the crew to be rescued. It is critical that our US Government come to our aid, as I believe they will when enough attention is given to our plight.

To save lives of the seven aboard the Nina

I am signing this petition in the hopes that our government will save the 7 lives aboard the Nina!

I attended high school with the Captain David Dyche




Digital Globe tasked a satellite to take photographs of the Tasman Sea!  Why not see if you can find the Nina?



My niece, Danielle Wright, is aboard the disabled Nina! Please HELP! When they reach land this will hit the news worldwide!

Petition Campaign Photo

They are our people.

Friend of Kyle Jackson

If this was your child, wouldn't you want to find them in any way, shape or form? Very disappointed in the U.S Government. I know Kyle and his family. I live in the same town. Please help them poor lost souls. It's time to bring them home. God Bless to everyone for there hard work on helping with the search so far. Hope and Faith.
They need help.

Family Supports Family

There are 7 people waiting to be found in the Tasman sea... From 18 to 70 years old... We Heed Your Help !!! Please !!!
One of the people on board is a relative of a dear friend.

7 people from age 17 to 70 need your help for survival!

These 7 people and their families need us to do everything humanely possibly to find their love ones.


Please donate to the Nina Rescue Fund!  

Keep the planes in the air!

Texas EquuSearch SV Nina Search Fund
c/o Amegy Bank215 FM 517 Road West
DickinsonTX 77539
Attention: Ms. Alicia White
(281) 337-9390

You can give ON LINE, HERE!


These 7 are humans- they are brothers mothers sisters cousins friends... They DESERVE to be searched for. Nothing says they sunk-- there is NOTHING saying that, until there is they should be searched for! Their lives have value.. If it was your family missing you would be looking. Please help us find them.

My Loved on are on board, they deserve to be found, if it was one of your loved ones, they would certainly have been reached for until they were found and rescued, all the families need answers to heal, we still hold on to hope, we are asking for what is the Right thing for America to do..

If I were lost I sure would want to be rescued.

At The Press Conference

One of the crew members is my wife's nephew. These people need to be brought home

If it was my child out there, I would want someone to help find them.

Kyle is the step-son of a very good friend of mine.

Friends of the Wright Family.

The families need to bring their families home. My cousin's son is on the Nina!! Please help

I am personal friend of the Wright family and they are hard-working, honest people. Danielle is their only child and I can't even imagine what they are going through, knowing they may never have closure over her absence, wondering if they did all that could be done, trying to find her. Please help them have this closure. 

Family and volunteers at press conference

Personal friend

I know Danielle Wright and her family! Plus the other people on the yacht are important to the their family and friends!!!!

Enough is enough!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE HELP FIND OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!!! Alive and trying to survive at sea!!!!

Kyle and his family are life long friends of mine. He and my son graduated from high school together so we have watched Kyle grow into the fine young man he is today. Please bring him and the rest of the sailors home!!

If it were MY family member, I would not want the world to give up on them.

Went to school with David, and bottom he would do it for me.

I'm a 30 year Navy veteran..finding someone lost at sea is a tradition in which, generally, all Navy's in the vicinity usually participate.

John Glennie and three sailors survived 119 days on the Rose Noelle which capsized off of the coast of New Zealand

Everyone deserves to be found, we have a Nebraska native on that boat, Nebraskans DO NOT GIVE UP

They are alive & waiting to be found!!!

David. the Captain is a friend

Kyle Jackson was my friend and it is the right thing to do for the family !!! DO THE RIGHT THING!!!


This is important to me because I am a Mom and if it was my child lost out there I would do everything humanly possible to bring them home. Not knowing is the worst nightmare imaginable.

These family members need to know, and there is a chance the crew members are alive somewhere needing help.

I went to school with David and Cheri (his twin) in the Florida Keys. All of us want to be able to bring all 7 on board home alive. How dare the government not want to help find its own citizens. They have paid into you too! We have been raising money to have searches go out and help find them. Why can't you help too! If they were your children I bet you would do everything possible and not give up. So please help.


1,125 people vote 4 #ninarescue of 7 sailors! Please add your voice! @washingtonpost @StateDept


Every family deserves to know what happened to their loved ones. they could still be alive on an island waiting for rescue

Danielle Wright is related to my brother in law and I would love to see her re-united with her loving and caring family. Her mother is the sweetest person I have ever met and so are her grand parents.

How can one give up on HOPE?

Thank each and every one of you for your support.  Unfortunately, more needs to be done.  Please contact your long forgotten aunt, uncle, brother, father, sister and then contact all of their friends, we need more signatures to make convince the U.S. Department of State to do what is right for fellow Americans and a British Citizen.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Comments From Petition Drive To Save Seven Sailors

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Evi Nemeth


Ask the Department of State to take a leadership role for the sailors!

Here are some of the comments made during our petition drive to the Department of State to support the seven sailors trapped on the Nina, a 1928 schooner, that went missing in the Tasman Sea.   We have posted them here because won't give us the space to post them in one place there.  As it is, we will have to break these into groups. 

Some of these comments will break your heart!  Others should give you great hope for the courage of people around the world to stand up for what is right!

We have the support of many people.  Where is the support of the Department of State?  The U.S. has resources it is not using, why not deploy them to help the seven sailors?


My son Kyle Jackson is one of the missing 7 aboard the Nina!

FACT: The 7 on the schooner Nina are alive. FACT:the US has done absolutely nothing to help. FACT: there is no excuse for avoiding to help. FACT: the US must assist the families and locate the schooner and save these fine outstanding citizens. An administrative error was made by the Secretary of State John Kerry to not assist: WHY? I ask WHY?

Ralph Baird, Press Conference, Call State

There is no evidence that the seven (7) on board the schooner Nina are not surviving and in need of help.

When traveling abroad, I would assume that most
Americans believe that if they run into any kind of trouble that the US Government would be interested in assisting them or finding them. If you travel abroad, you really do need to think again, if you a victim of a crime or you are lost and missing, you are virtually on your own and your family will have to sort out the details alone.

Sue Wootton, Fund Raiser

The 6 Americans and 1 Brit on the US registered yacht Nina deserve to be found. They are Americans and need the help of the US government to find them.

This is an American lost at sea. SOLAS is something we still follow. If I was was AMCIT lost overseas I would hope that the American government would treat me like a military member and follow the preamble to the code of conduct. They are Americans who paid taxes and earned the right to be saved.


This is important to me because these are seven human beings who have families, six who are American citizens.

Evi Nemeth Dingy

If any one of the seven were a family member of yours, you would appropriate resources. We all know it.

Please Help find our Friends! Don't leave them stranded and waiting for us to save them!!!

Absolutely no evidence the Nina capsized, no debris, too many errors and obstacles, all on this large body of water. Think of the possibilities... if only the state dept had gotten involved in the first place. You can make a difference now!!

Ralph Baird At Press Conference

When WOULD you STOP looking for YOUR CHILD or grandchild?? I am helping with the search. If one of my loved ones were missing, I would hope I could depend on my COUNTRY to CARE and use whatever resources available to assist in returning Americans home! WE ARE OUR BROTHERS KEEPER!

We need help from the US government!!!

These are the lives of people who have families and many loved ones. These families must feel so hopeless. Please allow God to use you to help with this amazing effort.

Dan Molina Prepares For Press Conference

I know relatives of Danielle Wright.

Because the government should support families searching for the lost sailors! Ask why our government won't support this rescue at sea!

I want to know that our government is truly interested in our safety and welfare - not just our cell phone history!
kyle is the son of a vary good friend of mine plz help find them

Dedicated Volunteers, TES

7 alive on the Nina need our help to find them.
more Americans being left behind with no regard for their lives!

Because I'm a sailor and I do think it's the State Departments role to stop any private citizen or private group from looking for missing people...under any circumstances.

Crew member Matthew Wootton

These people need our help to return to their families. It is our duty as citizens of the United States (and the world) to help our brothers and sisters. We need our government's help in locating and saving the seven crew members of the Nina.

They are good people, friends of the family and I feel it was irresponsibility in the U.S. and New Zealand governments that has cost this search so much time to begin with. Their sea, our citizens, find them please

Families, Tim Wright, John Glennie, Press Conference

Six American lives are at stake. One, Kyle Jackson, is very important to the people of this area. Doesn't our government help Americans? or is it like Katrina and Benghazi?
It is important to find these people....why would it not be important?


Friends of family

Individuals should ALWAYS be allowed to search for missing people if an overriding reason to desist cannot be shown.

Tomnod Image

My daughter, Danielle Wright, is a crew person on board. Our Country, U.S.A., has let us down by not joining the search and helping New Zealand. New Zealand has 4MM population when USA has 400MM population. There is no excuse for the USA to hold back from helping to search for the 7 missing lives, including 6 Americans.

My kids were in a home school school with Danielle. We want Danielle to be located and brought home.

It is the right thing to do!

Kyle Jackson is my sister's step son. I cant imagine NOT looking for my own child should he be in the same situation...there is still hope!

Wright Family While Sailing In Caribbean

The skipper, David Dyche, is my former brother-in-law. We just wish for closure - to find them if they are still alive or find evidence that the boat sank... Important that we just find out!

One of the crew members (kyle Jackson) is my cousin and we know that kyle is a fighter and survivor. We know that they are all still alive and waiting for us to come get them. We have got to have the support of the US government to find our family members. There are 6 American citizens on that schooner and why can't the government help us find them like they help find other missing American citizens. It is time for our US government to do their jobs and bring back our loved ones.

Dyche Family On Nina

we need to support our military!!!

One of the crew members on the Nina is my nephew. We want him home.

Kyle is from my hometown and a family friend. It's time the U.S. got involved in SAVING 6 U.S. citizens and another very special young man.

I know the family and they need to have their son !!

Kyle is the son of a friend of mine

My son is one of the crew missing.

One of the sailors is a cousin to a friend of mine.


This petition is important to me because the crew of the Nina deserve to live, we just need a few resources from our own government to make this a successful and swift rescue. 100+ days is enough for this group of experienced sailors to be stranded on the high seas. Please work fast through the red tape to find a resolution very soon. Thank you! (And please include Rep. Charles Boustany on this petition...he represents crew member, Danielle Wright, of Lafayette, LA.
A good friend!!

Because these 7 people need to be reunited with their families.

Why not make a donation to the fund to find these brave sailors?

One of the passengers is from our area of LA

I have a friend on that boat. Kyle Jackson is from my town
Because families are hurting.

Watch the 'Life of Pi' and you will understand. Also, I know her uncle and care about anyone he cares about.

A family friend is on the Nina and we would love to have him home!

The crew of the Nina NEED our help! Please!

Robin and Ricky Wright Talk To Reporters, Family Supports

Kyle lives 20 miles and his family has been thru enough. Plz help find the whole crew alive!!!

These people deserved to be searched for and love ones need to find them!

I feel that we should not give up on trying to find them and the government needs to be helping in every way they can!!!! if this was someone from they white house, they wouldn't give up!!!!!!

Family friends nephew is one of the sailors. plus no one should have to stop searching to save their son
Kyle Jackson is my nephew !!!!