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Oct 23, 2013 6:38 PM by Robin Wright's Facebook

Message from Robin Wright on Nina being called a "ghost ship"

From Robin Wright, mother of Danielle Wright, one of the 7 aboard the missing yacht off New Zealand's coast:
"Some news media in New Zealand are calling Nina a ghost ship, which means that they acknowledge Nina is probably drifting (as the satellite image seems to confirm), but there's no way the crew can still be alive. Here's what we think:

Captain Dyche is a commercial sea captain and has spent much of his life on the water, and, before becoming a boat captain, he was a commercial deep sea diver. Add in the vast sailing experience of Evi Nemeth, Rosemary, and "Little David", along with the extensive survival skills of Matthew Wootton and Kyle Jackson, and we proclaim that Danielle couldn't be in more capable hands than with the crew of Nina.
The family of the Nina crew members, with the help of Texas Equusearch (TES), maintains our position that Nina did not sink, but was demasted in the third storm, and ran out of fuel, losing all ability to sail or charge batteries or communicate with the outside world. We believe that the crew set off their EPIRB, but due to the bad weather, the satellites malfunctioned and failed to pick up their distress signal. After waiting several days for a rescue team that never arrived, this experienced crew started rationing the abundant food supplies on-board Nina, while continuing to catch fresh fish as the main staple of their diets.
Nina is designed to catch rain water across the entire deck of the boat, so when it rains, water is funneled to the bow of the boat via toe rails around the perimeter of the deck. Someone simply has to open the levers, and rain water pours into very large water tanks located below. It rains a lot in the Tasman, and fish are plentiful, so we are confident that the crew is doing fine. We are not overly concerned about whether or not they can stay alive; Nina is providing them with shelter, and they have all of their food supplies, warm clothing, and equipment intact. We're more concerned that the New Zealand authorities and our US Government still aren't cooperating with us in our efforts to rescue this amazing crew.
Nina's crew can pinpoint their location; they know exactly where they are, out in the middle of nowhere, with no islands in the area. They have determined that they might have to survive for many months before drifting to land because of the strong, circulating currents of the Tasman, and Captain David wants nothing more in life than to reach land with all seven crew alive and well.
John Glennie and 3 other men survived in the Tasman Sea in much more severe conditions because his trimaran turtled, causing then to lose most of their food stores when the boat flipped. They set off their EPIRB, but no one picked up their signal. They drifted for 119 days, surviving on almost nothing for weeks until barnacles began growing on the bottom of the boat. Barnacles attract fish, and the boat ultimately becomes a floating reef, making it very easy to catch fish. John Glennie knows first-hand that the crew of Nina can definitely survive.
Earlier this year, the Gastonquay family (3 adults and 2 babies) were caught in storms and lost their mast. They set off their EPIRB, but no one picked up their signal. They drifted for 91 days living on fresh fish, rain water, and the supplies stored on-board. Even the babies survived.
Steve Callahan survived for 76 days alone in a life-raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with very little food and enough water for a few days. But his survival skills kicked in and kept him alive. My point in sharing these three stories: When you call Nina a ghost ship and claim it's impossible for the crew to still be surviving at sea, you are underestimating seven, very strong and determined sailors who have the skills and experience to do just that. SURVIVE."

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