Wayward on Water: What Happened to this Boat?

Somewhere in the waters between New Zealand and Australia, this boat is lost.

1928 schooner

The historic 1928 American schooner called Nina departed on May 29, en route from Opua to Newcastle. The journey was estimated to take a minimum of 12 days.

No communication has been received from the boat – or any of its seven passengers – since June 4. On that day, one of the crew members sent out a text message during a storm, although the boat has never called out for help, nor has its emergency beacon been activated.

Search and rescue missions have scoured hundreds of thousands of miles of water over the past few days but so far found nothing.

The Rescue Coordination Center of New Zealand has “grave concerns,” but friends and family of the crew are hopeful.

My cousin Kyle is on that boat.

crystal n kyle

Kyle is one of the cousins I have been getting to know more as an adult than I did as a child. He is handsome, fearless and so much fun. He lives for adventure, and his curiosity has taken him all over the world.

The family hopes the current adventure ends soon, with Kyle safe and sound and back to tell us all one hell of a story.

Another rescue mission is happening today, a joint effort by both Australian and New Zealand officials.

Kyle’s sister, my cousin Megan, is keeping family and friends informed on the blog Universe to KBJ.

If you are in the part of the world where my cousin is lost, please keep an ear out for local reports that you can share. Comment on this post or tweet me.

About Crystal K. Wiebe

I live with two formerly wayward dogs, and helping other dogs find new homes is my passion. I recently founded the company Beer Paws to help celebrate the relationship between people and pets.

Posted on June 27, 2013, in Family, Travel, Wayward Living and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Crystal, our prayers are with Kyle, you, and your family. I hope the outcome is good.

  2. Sending prayers & good thoughts your way! I hope he is found very soon, and all is ok!

  3. Praying for your fam, Crystal!

  4. Oh no, I’ll be thinking about you and your family. I hope everything is OK!

  5. Oh my I sure hope things turn out well, prayers for your family.

  6. Oh my word, I am so incredibly sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire crew of that ship. May they be found and brought safely back home soon.

  7. Believing and praying for reunited hugs for your family. To your cousin, to the adventures that bring him passion and life, to family.

  8. I’m so sorry, I wish I could provide you with an update from Australia but the news is still reporting the boat and crew as missing. Will keep everything crossed in the hope that you receive good news soon, thinking of you and your family.

  9. On no! I’ll be praying for his safe return and hoping that he escapes with only awesome stories to tell.

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