August 19,2013 14:24

Missing from the Norfolk Island flying boat

The search, being coordinated by US searchers Texas EquuSearch, is being paid for by the five families of the seven people aboard the schooner after New Zealand authorities called off their search nu skin product.

They are hoping the seven may still be alive after satellite photo of the Tasman Sea showed an unidentified yellow object - possibly a life raft - floating in the water on August 4.

"The search crew in Norfolk Island have called to say the weather is good this morning and they are on their way to the airport to get airborne at 0620 local time," searcher John Funnell posted on the search site's Facebook page on Monday.

The twin-engined Cessna, chartered from New Zealand, nuskin group had earlier been based at Lord Howe Island.

Nothing has been heard from the 21m sailing vessel and the six Americans and one British man aboard since June 4, after the 85-year-old schooner left the Bay of Islands for Australia but hit a fierce storm after rounding Cape Reinga.

New Zealand authorities, including the RNZAF, nu skin hong kong spent 11 days searching for, but failed to find the Nina.

The private search was launched by the father of 19-year-old Danielle Wright - one of the missing crew.

Ricky Wright said he was optimistic his daughter and the rest of the crew were still alive and were adrift.

Including Ms Wright those on the Nina were David Dyche III, 58, IP camera manufacturer and wife, Rosemary, 60, their son David Dyche IV, 17, friend Evi Nemeth, 73, Kyle Jackson, 27, and Briton Matthew Wootton, 35.

The vessel was equipped with a satellite phone, a tracking device and an emergency beacon that has not been activated.

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