Search for missing schooner suspended – Maritime New Zealand

The search for an American schooner missing en route from New Zealand to Australia has been formally suspended, after 12 days of searching found no sign of the vessel or its crew.

The 21m (70ft) Nina, sailing from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle with seven people on board, has not been heard from since 4 June.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) started a communications search on 14 June to broadcast alerts of the vessel and others in the area, and instigated aerial searches after the vessel failed to arrive in Australia as expected. A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion covered about 737,000 square nautical miles (an area about eight times the size of New Zealand) in the search. There were also shoreline searches by fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

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