A search for the missing yacht Nina will be extended tomorrow
to a wider area of the Tasman Sea near Norfolk Island, after
a second day of searching found nothing.
A Gisborne-based Kiwi Air plane yesterday began a new search
for the 85-year-old American vessel after an orange object,
believed to be the liferaft was spotted in a high-resolution
Search liaison John Funnell tonight confirmed a search of the
"higher probability area" of 65km by 185 km, which had been
identified by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand,
was completed today.
"Nothing of any interest was found," he said.
A wider search area had been outlined for tomorrow, but poor
weather was expected to delay the morning start, Mr Funnell
The Nina left the Bay of Islands on May 29 and was headed for
Newcastle, Australia. Neither the yacht nor the seven people
on board have been seen or heard from since June 4. A search
was launched on June 25 but was called off on July 4.
The yacht is owned by professional captain David Dyche III,
58, and his wife, Rosemary, 60. They were on board with son
David Dyche jnr, 17, and fellow Americans Evi Nemeth, 73,
Kyle Jackson, 27, and 18-year-old Danielle Wright. Also on
board was Briton Matthew Wootton, 35.
Family and friends of those on board have refused to give up
hope, and have been fundraising to pay for private searches
Mr Funnell said a decision would be made about further
searching at the close of play tomorrow.
"At this stage, they [the families] have enough funding for
another day of searching."