7 aboard US schooner missing in South Pacific

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An American schooner sailing from New Zealand to Australia is missing with seven on board. More than three weeks after communication with the passengers ended June 4, searchers said Thursday they have grave concerns for the crew on the 85-year-old vessel. Attempts to contact the crew by radio and an aerial search this week have proved fruitless.

Authorities say the skipper of the 70-foot vessel Nina is David Dyche, an American. They say there are two other American men and three American women aboard, aged between 17 and 73. Also aboard is a British man, aged 35.

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