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Petitioning United States Secretary of State John Kerry and 25 others

7 Lives In Peril, Ask John Kerry To Help Save Nina Sailors, Your Signature Counts!


When the families of the seven sailors aboard the historic yacht, the Nina, attempted to do a private search, the Secretary of State's Office intervened and sent the families to an office responsible for making the final arrangements for citizens missing abroad!  The Department of State refuses to support the private search for sailors and is placing obstacles in the path of the non-profit search advisor, Texas Equusearch.  PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION SO WE CAN BRING THE 7 SAILORS HOME AND IMPROVE SEARCH AND RESCUE AT SEA!

The 7 sailors are Evi Nemeth, Kyle Jackson, Danielle Wright, Matthew Wootton, David Dyche, Rosemary Dyche and David Dyche IV.

Letter to
United States Secretary of State John Kerry
Senator Michael Bennet
Representative Bill Cassidy
and 23 others
Senator Mike Johanns
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Marco Rubio
Representative Steve Southerland
Representative Charles Boustany
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Office of Consular Affairs Dana Deree
Bureau of Consular Affairs. Janice Jacobs i
Senator Mark Udall
Senator Deb Fischer
Representative Ron DeSantis
Representative Jeff Miller
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator David Vitter
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Bob Corker
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator John Cornyn
Secretary of State John Kerry (Secretary of State)
Dear Sirs,

Petitioning John Kerry,

Secretary of State, John Kerry. Support the search for seven people on the missing historic American yacht Nina.

The seven sailors are: David Dyche 3rd (Age 54), Rosemary Dyche (57), David Dyche IV (18), Kyle Jackson (27), Evi Nemeth (73), and Danielle Wright (19), all from the USA, and Matthew Wootton (35) from England are the people who’s lives are at stake.

On June 4th, 2013, communications were lost with the 1928 schooner Nina, an American treasure, which was sailing between New Zealand and Australia, with 6 Americans and 1 Englishman on board. An official search was commenced on June 25th by the Rescue Coordination Centre, New Zealand (RCCNZ), but suspended on 5th July with the statement “…..the search will be stood down unless any new information comes to light. However, broadcasts over Maritime Radio will remain in place, advising that the Nina is missing and asking other vessels to report any sightings. It is possible the search could be reactivated, if any significant new information comes to light.”

Texas Equusearch, (TES) a non-profit organization, was asked to advise the families in privately extending the search, on the belief that the schooner Nina had been disabled and was drifting in the vast Tasman Sea. TES has located over 460 missing persons, 300 of these alive, whom law enforcement and the military have been unable to find. This included locating a Navy Pilot from a Navy T-34 ditched in the ocean near Texas., after an unsuccessful search by the U.S Coast Guard (USGC).
TES recruited volunteers from a variety of professions including geophysicists, and rocket scientists, and gained a cooperative relationship with RCCNZ.

However, when TES approached the USGC to run drift modelling (using data given to TES by RCCNZ) the USGC could not gain permission to run those computer models, citing the State Department as refusing this permission.

Instead of supporting the families and TES, the Department of State sent the case to the Office of Overseas Citizen Services, Linda P. McFadyen, who helps make FINAL ARRANGEMENTS for U.S Citizens who have become deceased overseas.

Mrs. McFadyen confused the suspension of the search with a declaration that the sailors were lost at sea. RCCNZ did not close the search. Mrs McFadyen has stated in a letter to Senator Debra Fischer (who was enquiring on behalf of crew member Kyle Jackson) that the State Department is not an expert at maritime searches. Yet, the State Department has placed obstacles in the path of the search co-ordinator, and continues to influence both US and overseas Authorities with the apparent aim of preventing private searching.

The Department of State and the entire U.S. Government should support the families in the search for their loved ones, not hinder the search.
We are petitioning John Kerry and the Department of State to do the following: -

Advocate FOR the missing seven people , not AGAINST them.
Task the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to acquire, and analyse, satellite imagery of the appropriate areas to detect a small boat or life raft.

Order the USGC to allow TES access to their Search and Rescue drift modelling software, as they have done for previous TES searches.




We, the families, believe the Nina suffered damage as was reported in the final text message sent by Evi Nemeth.

The families have continued the search because: After RCC-NZ conducted the most extensive search in their history they did not find a single shred of evidence the Niña sank. Instead, the families learned the Niña survived two severe storms from a belated text message sent after the passage of the storms.

The lack of communications from the crewmembers likely resulted from the failure of an untested new engine (probably through fuel starvation) which runs an alternator which charges the batteries of devices including satellite telephone. The on-board Spot G.P.S. tracking device failed days before the sending of the final message.

The Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (Epirb) was older and located in the companionway hatchway, where it likely deteriorated from salt spray. Some of these facts are known to the Wrights personally because they are sailors and have been aboard the Niña.

John Glennie, and three crew-mates, suffered a capsize. They lived on the over-turned Rose Noelle for 119 days. The search was terminated and Glennie and his crew eventually hit an island, where the Rose Noelle broke up.

In 2012, a yacht called the Scotch Bonnet, was abandoned near the last known position of the Nina. Most thought the boat sank. However, 5 and a half months later, the yacht was grounded on an Australian beach. The Scotch Bonnet had been caught in the circular currents famous in the Tasman Sea. During her entire time at sea she was spotted only one time.

We believe the Nina will wash up, as well. However, lives may be lost if we wait five and a half months.

New Zealand admitted their sophisticated aircraft are incapable of spotting a life raft or flotsam at sea. They still run wide grids during their search.


Six out of seven of the sailors were experienced and know how to survive long-term at sea. Kyle Jackson, though not an experienced sailor, is a survivalist.

Experience counts a great deal in the ability to survive long term at sea. David Dyche is a professional skipper who knows how to catch rain water and fish on an overturned boat or raft.

We ask you to do all that is reasonably possible to support the seven sailors who we call the Nina 7.



On June 4th, 2013, the Nina reported her sails were shredded and she was running under “bare poles”, meaning with no sails. She was to report in with a weather forecaster 6 hours later but never did. The land based weather advisor stated that the crew was “not worried” and was in control of the vessel.


The Nina had a Revere eight person life raft, an older Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), a VHF radio, a SPOT tracking GPS device and a satellite telephone.


The Rescue Coordination Center, New Zealand conducted “the most extensive search” in the history of the RCC-NZ. Part of that search included a communications search in which ships in the area were requested to broadcast in the blind on the local VHF emergency channel. Later, New Zealand deployed Orion P-3K Aircraft which have advanced radar capability. They found nothing. On July 5th, 2013, they suspended their search.


New Zealand refused to start the search until 20 days after the promised telephone call was never made on June 4th, 2013. Their drift modeling is ineffective 20 days after an event occurs.

New Zealand used the coordinates of the satellite phone to draft their search grid. They searched for five days using the wrong coordinates despite having the correct coordinates. Evi Nemeth had given coordinates in a prior text message. (Known fact) Professor Nemeth is a mathematician and known to be a stickler for navigation details. The difference in the coordinates is over 200 miles.

New Zealand searched using the appropriate search coordinates for two of the five days searched.


New Zealand states a radar search is ineffective for a life raft. If the crew of the Nina are in a raft there has been little to no visual search for them.


There is speculation the Nina suffered a “catastrophic event”, and sank. However, a catastrophic event, presumably a breach of the hull, would have permitted extensive flotsam to have come to the surface. Despite the most extensive search in the history of New Zealand, not a single trace of the yacht was found.


A likely scenario for the yacht is as follows:

1. The schooner suffered damages to her sails as reported in the last text message. (Known fact)

2. The schooner had a new engine which had not been tested before departure. (Known fact) The engine could easily have failed, or the linkage system connecting the engine with the propeller may have failed.

3. The only method for charging batteries on the Nina required the operation of the engine to drive a high-capacity alternator. Captain Dyche wanted to keep the Nina as pristine and uncluttered as possible hence did not install a generator. (Known fact, the Wrights are sailors and have been aboard the Nina)

4. The SPOT tracking device was not operating effectively, giving inadequate location information reports starting shortly after the crew left the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

5. The SPOT tracking device failed days before the sending of the last message.

6. Without an operating engine, the satellite phone was unable to be charged.

7. Without a working engine the VHF radio would be inoperable.

8. Without sails and engine the Nina would have no means of propulsion. It would be subject to the circular currents of the Tasman Sea. At 4 knots, the Nina can drift 100 miles in a 24 hour period.

9. The EPIRB was older and untested. On August 10th, 2013, five people were rescued from their sailboat in the Pacific Ocean after being lost for 91 days. When their boat was damaged by a storm they set off their EPIRB but the signal was never received.

John Glennie and his three crew members survived 119 days on the capsized Rose Noelle by catching rain water. They fished for food. Glennie capsized on June 4th, 1989, the same day of the year the Nina went missing. The significance of the date is the Nina Sailors are facing the same winter conditions John Glennie and his crew faced. If 4 men on a trimaran can survive 119 days, why can’t seven people survive on a mono-hull?


In 2012, the 41 foot yacht, Scotch Bonnet, was abandoned near the last know position of the Nina. Most people thought the yacht sank but it eventually drifted to Australia 5 and half months later. The yacht was only seen one time since it was abandoned.

In 1989, the yacht Rose Noelle, capsized off of the coast of New Zealand. The sailors were declared lost at sea and a eulogy held for the captain. The yacht drifted to an island 119 days later.

On September 4th, 2013, an oyster barge, the Facilitator II, was found in Australia over a year after supposedly being stolen in New Zealand. The boat is believed to have floated across the Tasman Sea on its own.


TES, through the leadership of Ralph Baird, is making dramatic improvements to the model of search and rescue at sea. The team has recruited volunteers including rocket scientists and fluid geophysicists who are some of the brightest minds in America.

The daily search analysis and the use of high technology to make large distance searches more practical adds to the knowledge base for future search and rescue operations. Some of the techniques, including governmental partnerships, are confidential on a need-to-know basis and cannot be specified in this petition. The tactics HAVE NEVER BEEN USED in an active search and rescue operation. TES is breaking new ground in this search.


It is suspected the Nina is afloat without power of sail or engine. Her communications have been incapacitated by lack of power. Despite extensive searches, including shoreline searches for debris, there is no evidence this boat sank. Her The Nina crew is surviving on rain water and fish caught near the boat. The Nina also had extensive stores. Despite these conditions, the crew is fighting for survival. This rescue is urgent!

If the crew of the historic yacht Nina have taken to the Revere life raft, the same scenario as above applies, except this case becomes exponentially more urgent.

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