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Old 01-23-2009, 02:54 PM   #57
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Thank you. Please keep us updated.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:00 PM   #58
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French navy checked in the boat.They din'dt fing survivors

us plane, french and south african planes: just in the area.

Others ship continue the reseach and rescue.

PLease contact the CIOM,: Colonel Rolland by mail rolland_niaina@yahoo.fr

he is the chief of communication and information at the malagasy national navy, he directs the operation with Us and french army.



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they checked IN the boat? or just in the area?
They will give you more informations.

be courageous and be a believer.

Because of the weather, we have problem of communication and the network in Madagascar.

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They assured me they are thoroughly checking the boat - inside the hulls, cabin, etc. They will be updating me.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:07 PM   #59
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Okay. so you share with us, all informations. thanks

I try also to have the evolution of the situation and I contact u on thsi website

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Yes, I have spoken with the French Navy. They have not found anyone. They will be calling me in two to three hours to give me an update.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:14 PM   #60
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We learned that they have ended the seach. We are heartbroken.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:21 PM   #61
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Nicole

We are heartbroken with you. We are all sailors here and we live for the sea - we're a brotherhood - it is in our blood.

We will still hold hope as the sea so often surprises us.

God Bless!
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #62
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Not yet. they continue the research

They ended the reseach of the Banzai shipwreck.Not the queequeg II

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Not yet. they continue the research

They ended the reseach of the Banzai shipwreck.Not the queequeg II
I have spoken with the French Navy and the US Coast Guard and confirmed this with them. Your information is inaccurate, which has been the case with many of the reporters covering this. Please stop posting false information. It is painful enough for my family right now.

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In situations like this it never easy to know what to say and whatever is said will be inadequate.

In this community, we are sailors almost every one of us. We know and understand the risks we take when we leave port. We know that one day we may leave port and not return. We know this and we accept this. If the worst should happen we also know that we were doing what we wanted to.

Your father and his shipmate may still be alive and may be found but the chances are extremely slim at this stage. Do not give up hope completely but try to come to terms with the fact that he may have gone to that great harbour where all sailors eventually drop their anchor.

We, the moderating team here and I am sure all members too, wish to express our sincere hope that your father and his shipmate will still be found. If there is anything I or any of my moderator companions can do to help you through these difficult times then do not hesitate to get in touch.

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It's not over. Stay Strong.

I'd hug you if I could.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:09 PM   #66
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While our families are heartbroken that the search has ended, we still cannot completely give up hope that they may still be alive. My father used to tell stories of people who were stranded at sea and survived for days by treading water. Our hope is that maybe they will be found by a private boat(s).

Please keep praying. We do understand the chances are slim and we take comfort knowing that they were doing what they loved. That said, we cannot rest or grieve before we know that we have exhausted all our options.

Thank you all for your support.

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You are absolutely right not to give up hope Nicole.

The fact is that the more time passes the slimmer the chances but, and in this you are absolutely correct, there are many examples of people who have survived against all the odds.

There are some things in your favour:

* The position of the capsize is close to, if not in, the main shipping route from the Far East and India to South Africa. Since Suez reopened this is not the maritime highway it once was but there will still be vessels about.

* The water is warm so exposure is not a risk factor

* Your father is, from what I can gather, not a man who gives up easily. That is hugely important in a situation like this.

Hold out Nicole. You must be realistic but you must still have hope and faith - both of which could move mountains!

We all hope and pray that this event will end happily

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People keep calling. I just want you to know that people are still hopeful and they're praying for Quen and Joe.

The weather should be clearing up there.
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Nicole

I will post in the morning (Sat - about 9 hours from now) if there is ANY news from the SA Maritime Mobile Net's morning schedule.

Chin up!
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The weather is indeed clearing in the area. The maximum predicted wind force, for dawn in the area, goes up to 25 knots but that is not so high and it is very local. The wind force abate very swiftly, almost to zero, when one comes further from the depression . There is little precipitation in the area so visibility should be quite good.

Let us hope the coming day brings more clarity to the situation and , hopefully, a joyful outcome.

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