Posted: Jul 22, 2013 5:41 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 11:26 AM
There's new hope today for a UL student and six other passengers aboard a sailboat last heard from in early June in the form of more involvement from the U.S. government.
Several congressmen and the New Zealand Consul held a conference call today to discuss how to improve the search.
As part of this cooperation, New Zealand has agreed to turn over data it gathered during its own search earlier this month.
Meanwhile, rescue efforts continue for UL student Danielle Wright and her crewmates. According to Danielle's family, two more patrols will fly out tomorrow and continue searching off the coast of Australia for the 70-foot schooner "Nina."
Public assistance is still needed to help fund these efforts. Donations are being accepted at Texas Equusearch at http://texasequusearch.org/2013/07/tes-sv-nina-search/
A new fund has also been set up by the Community Foundation of Acadiana at http://www.cfacadiana.org/fund_highlights/Agency-and-Designated-Funds/Danielle-Wright-Search-Fund to help the cause.