7 aboard U.S. schooner missing
June 27, 2013 10:25 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Searchers said Thursday they have grave concerns for seven people aboard an American schooner that has been missing for three weeks between New Zealand and Australia.

Maritime New Zealand said today that searches by plane this week found no sign of the 70-foot wooden vessel named Nina, which was built in 1928.

Authorities say there are three American women and three American men aged between 17 and 73 on board. Also aboard is a British man, aged 35.

The boat left the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand on May 29. Authorities say the last communication was on June 4, when the Nina was about 370 nautical miles west of New Zealand.

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