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Old 01-22-2009, 09:11 PM   #29
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Melissa

Welcome aboard. We are very happy for you that Leo is OK. I cannot begin to understand what you went through.

Thank you for offering your assistance to the others' families - they need all the strength they can get now.

God Bless.

We remain positive.
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why were no divers put in the water all day? Is the weather that bad?
The weather in the area has been bad but settling - they were virtually in the middle of a tropical cyclone/storm.

Rest assured that S & R will be doing the best they can - they are very committed.

I will hopefully get news in about 7 hours or so.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:18 PM   #31
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http://www.lexpressmada.com/display.php?p=...ay&id=24025

I found this on the internet. It is very upsetting that this newspaper has printed that they are dead when that hasn't been confirmed and no one has even been in the water yet to search the boat.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:28 PM   #32
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Nicole-

The Indian Ocean is not a small area and it is surrounded by countries most of which have very limited means. In the immediate area (and still a long way off) only South Africa, France (in respect of Isle de la Reunion and Isle Europe) and possibly Mauritius could mount a rescue operation so far off-shore. The greatest hope is that there should be a NATO warship in the area or one from South Africa with a diving team on board.

Divers need a support vessel. To deploy divers in the area they must first be mobilised and then transported to the search site. They need a support vessel as they cannot simply be dropped from an aircraft and left to fend for themselves.

As you pointed out, the weather is also a consideration but in my experience rescuers will push the envelope to get the job done.

As far as transport is concerned, helicopters do not have the range to reach the area either from South Africa or Reunion / Mauritius.

We have to pin our faith in surface vessels.

Do not give up hope. I, very many years ago, picked up two guys who had been in a capsized trimaran for 72 days. Although it was in the Pacific the circumstances were quite similar. They had capsized in hard weather but, as they were in a warm water area, they had not suffered from hypothermia which, generally, is the greatest threat to people in or near the water.

Be strong. Keep hoping and praying.

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Regarding the news article -

It took me a while to translate as my French is not so good but I think I understood it well enough.

You are quite right. It is irresponsible of them to publish this article but, you must ask yourself, how often are does the media not do things like this? The purpose of the media is not to inform the public but to sell their product and if bending the truth will help then the truth will be bent.

Do not worry about this article. Worrying about it will help neither your father, yourself nor anyone else. You need your strength for yourself and family now.

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I'll be back in the morning, hopefully with some good news.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:05 AM   #35
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I apologize for offending anyone, our news station has been recieving several phone calls from our viewers worried about the situation.

We are trying to help in anyway we can and keep the community updated on their friends and loved ones.

You're in our thoughts,

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this is a web only article from the local newspaper...

http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj....php?id=434296
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The news was nicely done- Very heartfelt.



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The news was nicely done- Very heartfelt.
Good to hear that.

I will see what more I can find out from the South African Maritime Mobile Net in a couple of hours.
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The news was nicely done- Very heartfelt.
Melissa, where did this come from? What news station?
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The Newscast was from WCIA channel 3. It was the first story.

They explained the situation, talked about how hopeful everyone is, and had good pictures.

Maybe you can find it online somewhere? I'll look.

The first picture is from the queequeg website and the 2nd is one he sent me.
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Found it.

http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=65271
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I really wish they hadn't mentioned this site. I hope people will understand that the purpose of me posting this in the first place was to contact people in South Africa who could help us. So far, this site has been so helpful. I just hope people don't use it to comment on "the story," and it continues to be used as a source for helping to find my dad and Quen.
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