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Oct 15, 2013 7:03 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

New Search Efforts For Missing Yacht Nina


Efforts to send another search plane to find the missing yacht "Nina" are underway after satellite images show an object resembling the yacht, which has been missing since June.

UL student Danielle Wright is one of the seven crew members on board. Her parents say they have new hope of finding her.

"When we saw the satellite image of the boat that looks like the exact same shape and size of Nina. I mean, I did not sleep that night I was so excited," Danielle's mother, Robin Wright, said.

Satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe captured the image. It resembles the missing boat, but it's unclear if it's drifting or underway.

"We had DigitalGlobe get some more images so that we could review it to see it once again, to make sure it wasn't on its way down to New Zealand. But, there was no wake behind the boat, so we believe that it's out there drifting," Danielle's father, Ricky Wright, said.

The Wrights' say the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has the technology to capture a sharper image, but say NGA is not assisting the search effort. Robin Wright says she sent a letter about a month ago pleading for the U.S. Department of State to help, but hasn't received a response.

"We're just going to go ahead and spend our last money to go out there and find this boat. We're going to look for it. It could have drifted around a little ways, and hopefully that's our Nina," Ricky Wright said.

If you'd like to make a donation, you can go to Bringing Home the Nina and Her Crew Facebook page, or go to a Home Bank branch.

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