Update on Missing Panama City Schooner

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Rescue crews searching for an American schooner carrying seven people now believe the boat sank, although they haven't given up hope of finding survivors.

A third day of aerial searches Friday turned up no sign of the 85-year-old wooden sailboat or its crew. Named Nina, the boat left New Zealand May 29 bound for Australia. The last know contact was June 4.

There were six Americans aboard, including captain David Dyche, 58, his wife Rosemary, 60, and their son David, 17. A 35-year-old British man was also aboard.

Neville Blakemore, who was leading search efforts Friday at New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre, says it's logical to now assume the boat sank but added it's possible some crew members survived either in a life raft or by making land.

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