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Aug 15, 2013 11:13 PM by Erin Steuber

Still Lost, 71 days at Sea: 'Our Daughter is A Survivor'

After 71 days, an Acadiana family is not giving up the fight to find their loved one, lost at sea. There is still no sign of UL student Danielle Wright and six others, missing off the coast of Australia.

"We love her so much and we want her back," said Robin Wright. "We need your help because we cant do this alone."

They've been missing since early June, and rescue efforts were called off after just nine days. But that hasn't stopped Danielle's family. They've been doing private searches for weeks, and now they're reaching out to Acadiana for help. So how can you help find someone thousands of miles away?

At a cost of roughly $20,000 a day the Wright's continue searching for their daughter Danielle, lost in the Tasman Sea, off the coast of Australia.

"The more we know about the crew that's with her, the more confident we are that they're catching fish, they're catching turtles and they're catching their rain water. They're survivors. They're trained to survive these circumstances," said Danielle's mother, Robin Wright.

And with the continued help of Texas Equusearch the Wright family is narrowing their search. Focusing on an area called "Search Area 707."
"There's a very high probability that they will be in that area," said Danielle's father, Ricky Wright. "We have planes that are flying over those areas right now."

"What would the people on this boat say right now? I think they'd say we're not quitting, so why are you," said Tim Miller with Texas Equusearch.

The family is asking for donations to help continue the search, but there is another way to help: By logging on to tomnod.com, a satelite company which is uploading images of the Tasman Sea. When you log on you can help search through and mark anything that might resemble the Nina.

"We've got 800 people, right now, looking at satellite images. We could use 3,000 to 4,000 people to look at these satellite images. There are 56,000 pictures we've taken and they all have to be looked at by somebody," said Ralph Baird with Texas Equusearch.

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