Rescue team's search called off last Friday
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — The family of nineteen year old Danielle Wright says they're not giving up hope of finding her, even after New Zealand rescue teams abandoned their search last Friday for the US Schooner carrying Danielle and six other people. The boat went missing in early June when it encountered high seas and winds during an unexpected storm. But Danielle's family thinks the boat drifted further north than the estimated 750,000 square miles the rescue teams searched.
"I appreciate everybody's prayers and support with Danielle. She's a terrific girl, and she's been the joy of our lives, so we have to do something else. I believe their still sailing he [a family friend] believes their still sailing, and we have more hope to go for more," says Ricky Wright, Danielle's father.
Mr. Wright is also confident they are still sailing because the EPERB, an emergency position beacon that pin points a boats location when in distress. He says it was never activated on the US Schooner, and those on the boat were experienced sailors. Mr. Wright along with a family friend in New Zealand are coordinating a private, professional search party that should be out looking for the missing schooner within the next couple of days.