Text Received from Lost Ship

Missing since early June

Coast guard rescue boat

    Photo: Charles McCain/Flickr

A missing American schooner with seven people aboard sent an undelivered text message a month ago. Authorities released the message after seeking it from the satellite phone company Iridium and the U.S. State Department. 

The June 4 message with a misspelling read: "Thanks storm sails shredded last night, now bare poles. Goining 4kt 310deg will update course info (at) 6PM".

Officials believe the ship likely sank in strong storms, but have continued their search for survivors, hoping the crew may have made it to the life raft or to land. The classic wooden sailboat was New Zealand bound after leaving from Australia when it went missing. 

"While it shows that Nina had survived the storm up to that point, very poor weather continued in the area for many hours and has been followed by other storms," Nigel Clifford, Maritime New Zealand's general manager of safety and response services, said in a statement.

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