Report: Satellite image resembles missing vessel
COAST OF NEW ZEALAND (WSVN) -- A new clue could reveal what happened to a boat carrying a family from South Florida that mysteriously disappeared five months ago off the coast of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the new satellite image resembles the yacht named Nina that went missing in May.
The Nina was carrying Captain David Dyches, his wife, his son and four others. Dyches' mother last heard from the group in June. "I heard static on the phone, very heavy static and the voice said, 'Caryl,' and then the static got so bad, it cut off," said Caryl Dyches.
Before Caryl Dyches heard from her son, there were reportedly other calls made for help.
The Nina's last known position was just west of New Zealand. It was supposed to make a 12-day journey to Australia.
Those on the boat are said to have dealt with 60 mile-per-hour winds and 18-foot waves before going missing. "From what we know now, they ran into a real bad storm like they haven't had there in many years, and we just don't know anymore," said an official.
However, South Florida friends and relatives of the family are now hoping this new satellite image brings closure. "Maybe the good Lord remembered us and their is some sort of hope," said Caryl Dyches.
Raw images of the object were analyzed and measured, and according to the family, show a boat that matches the Nina's size and shape. That boat was drifting in an area between Australia and New Zealand.
The family in Palm Beach said they've been talking to the State Department about the new images. "We're praying that some miracle will happen that this is all just a bad dream," said Caryl Dyches.
7News has reached out to the State Department and are awaiting a reply.
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