Jul 16, 2013 8:13 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Teen Lost At Sea, Father Asks Public For Help

The father of a missing teen lost at sea is asking the public for help. Ricky Wright's daughter UL student Danielle Wright along with six others, were aboard a vessel called the Nina, that disappeared after leaving New Zealand in early June.

Danielle's parents miss their daughter dearly, and the last six weeks have been difficult to say the least.

"It's been hard, you know, but God's been our strength, and he's been our peace, and God has got my daughter Danielle in his hands," Ricky Wright said.

Ricky Wright says there's still hope. He's making sure search efforts will continue, since New Zealand crews called off their search three weeks ago.  Now Texas Equusearch is organizing a new search effort. This Thursday a private plane will fly over areas where the missing vessel may be, including places like Australia.

"We're hoping to have this thing resolved in two days to find them down there in the New Castle area," Ricky Wright said.

Danielle's father says if they have to go further, they'll search the reef area above Brisbane. He says these efforts will cost about 20 to 50 thousand dollars for each search mission, and they're asking the public for help, with donations through Texas Equusearch.  If you'd like to donate to that effort, click here:

"God has got my daughter Danielle in his hands, and so we know she's at peace with God, and that's where we find strength at," Ricky Wright said.


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