The work continues to try to locate the missing crew of the schooner, the Nina.  It's been close to three months since the family and friends of UL Student Danielle Wright have heard from her.

There are several other passengers and crew members aboard the boat as well.

The family is still getting help from Texas Equusearch, the same group that helped in the search for UL student Mickey Shunick.

Donations are being accepted at local banks, and tonight at Deano's and tomorrow at Raising Cane's, you can get something to eat and help to raise money for the search.

Tonight, Tuesday, August 27th from 6-9 p.m. at both locations of Deano's Pizza in Lafayette, fifteen percent of proceeds that both restaurants make will be given to the search effort.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 28th from 3-10 p.m. at the 6 locations of Raising Cane's in Acadiana, fifteen percent of proceeds that the restaurants make will be given to the search effort:

Raising Canes location in Acadiana:

  • 2516 Kaliste Saloom in Lafayette
  • 2426 West Congress in Lafayette
  • 100 E Kaliste Saloom in Lafayette
  • 1335 Union St. in Opelousas
  • 117 St. Nazaire in Broussard
  • 1121 East Admiral Doyle in New Iberia

When you are ordering at Raising Cane's you must mention bringing home the Nina for the proceeds to go to the rescue fund.

In addition to these local dining options, there are still other ways to help.

Since there is still so much area to cover, the family is asking the public to help in the search.

Search efforts are now concentrated around a section of ocean near Australia, an area encompassing some 300,000 square miles.

The family of those missing are asking for your help through Tomnod.  You can actually look for the missing vessel by using your computer.

Volunteer Bonnie Hession tells KPEL the best way to help is to sign on to Tomnod as a GUEST.  This link,, shows you how it works.

The second link,, shows you how you can search for Wright and the other missing passengers and crew.

Hession tells KPEL someone did spot an orange life raft in the water about a week and a half ago.

If you can't help by searching, you can help by donating money to pay for planes, fuel and pilots.

The family of Wright has run into reluctance from the New Zealand government and the United States.  New Zealand doesn't have the funding to keep searching.

Because of the extraordinary expense of such an operation, the Wright family is asking for help in financing the effort. To that end, donations are being accepted at:

All Home Bank locations. Make checks payable to Robin Wright under account number 2059321602.

  • Sunbelt Business Brokers, 2701 Johnston Street, Suite 300, Lafayette, La.
  • Texas Equusearch through the organization's website, Fund must be added to the comments as special instructions, organizers said.

Volunteers are also asking for people to "Like" their Facebook page, "Bringing Home the Nina and Her Crew" to learn more on Tomnod in real life and other updates.


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