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Aug 23, 2013 12:15 AM by Steven Albritton

Families of Those Missing On Nina Bonding After Finally Meeting

The Nina is still missing. Thursday family members of the crew got together to show their joint support at a press conference. The gathering was the first time all of the families came together publicly to continue to ask for help from the public. Monetary donations are the key to fueling the searches. For the families, being able to get together is helping in many ways.

"I feel like it's been really wonderful to get to meet all the families and show how much we all care together and how much hope we all have," Libby Pratt said.

Pratt is the niece of Evi Nemeth. Nemeth is one of the seven who were sailing on the Nina. She is also 73-years-old. But, according to her family, don't let the age fool you.

"Two years ago she re-roofed her house in Florida because she found it was cheaper to do it herself and had the strength; and she was 71 at the time," Pratt said.

Pratt says Nemeth has always been an adventurer, and the former college professor was the one who taught many talents to the family.

"She taught us how to ski, took us around the world, taught us how to sail, and I see that hearing all these stories about everyone else. Each person on that boat is so independent and so strong," Pratt said.

"Danielle and Evi are like minded. She's strong and independent just like Evi, so they're getting along well. They're probably doing push-ups right now together," Ricky Wright said.

Wright is the father of 19-year-old UL student Danielle Wright, another passenger on the Nina. Ricky Wright believes the like-mindedness of those on board will pay off for them in the long run.

"It's a family bond. It's a bonding together where two chain links get together you have a stronger union and I believe that's what's happening on the boat right now. There's strength in each other," Ricky Wright said.

During Thursday's press conference, family members each spoke at the microphone expressing their concerns and telling stories about how much they know each of them is fighting. Also stepping to the microphone was another survivor of an ocean tragedy. John Glennie, from New Zealand, was sailing when his boat capsized. He spent 119 days clinging to his overturned boat before finally being swept ashore.

"I guess my message is if I did it so can they," says Glennie, "My job here is to inspire and give people hope but they've inspired me."

Danielle Wright's mother, Robin, has some comfort in the words Glennie has shared about surviving, but her focus remains on getting her daughter and the six others home as soon as possible.

"You hear him talk and you realize there is no picnic going on out there. These are dire circumstances and we need to find them. The sooner we do the better for them physically, but we know how strong they are and they're going to do what they have to do to survive," Robin Wright said.

To make a donation you can call Home Bank, the Community Foundation of Acadiana or Texas Equusearch.

Also to check for updates on the search you can visit www.evxx.com.

Friday, August 22nd an auction benefit is being held at the Marina Plaza South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas. The benefit will be from 6-9 p.m. and will include a pasta dinner followed by a silent/live auction for $25.

Texas Equusearch would like the public to dial (202)-647-4000 and choose option 4. This number will connect you to the Department of State. Officials with Equusearch want the public to urge the government to get back in on the search for the Nina.

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