Search continues for missing ship; 6 Americans on board

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Ben Brumfield, CNN

Rescuers are holding out hope of finding six Americans and one Briton after their vintage sailboat went missing in early June off the coast of New Zealand.

After sweeping searches by a reconnaissance plane hundreds of miles out to sea came up empty, maritime authorities have shifted their sights to coastlines in the country’s northern shores and islands.

There, they are scouring beaches from the air, looking for the ship’s life raft or debris that may have floated ashore, if the ship broke apart.

The Nina, a historic wooden racing schooner built in 1928, went incommunicado on June 4, Maritime New Zealand said, having left port in Opua days before.

It was headed for Newcastle, Australia, when it encountered stormy seas.

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