David Dyche: Search area shifts for missing South Florida sailor lost off of New Zealand coast

Family of missing man holding onto hope

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The search for a missing South Florida sailor who went missing off the coast of New Zealand continued on Tuesday with crews shifting the coordinates of the search.

The new information surrounding the effort to find David Dyche, 58, is giving his West Palm Beach family renewed their loved one is still alive.

Right now, it is all Dyche's 82-year-old mother, Caryl Dyche, can talk about.

Dyche has been missing for weeks after he and his crew of the Nina set sail from New Zealand on a voyage to Australia.

"I've been trying to keep my mind busy on other things. It's at night when I have problems. When I'm alone," said Caryl Dyche.

It has been nearly a month since anyone heard from Dyche and his crew, which includes his wife Rosemary and 17-year-old son Davie.
Caryl Dyche got word on Tuesday crews had shifted search coordinates with new information considered more accurate about the Nina's whereabouts.

"It's hard to describe the feeling when you lose your son that you love with all your heart. But when I'm feeling better today. I've got hope again," said Caryl Dyche.

Being thousands of miles away from the search in New Zealand, Dyche's family can only communicate with search crews through phone calls and e-mails.

"If the boat is still intact and the boat is still drifting out there, depending on how much food and water they have on board, they could still be out there," said Officer Sean Canane of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Canane said it could be a good sign that no wreckage has been found.  But as a fellow ocean rescuer, finding the Nina becomes more difficult as time expires.

"You never give up hope. We'll go until they call it off," said Canane.
Dyche's mother Caryl Dyche said all she can do right now is hope she will soon see her son walk up the steps and into her arms again.
"Put your faith in God's hands, sit back and let him worry about it," said Caryl Dyche.

Search crews in New Zealand said they might have to suspend the aerial search due to bad weather.

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