Prayer Vigil to be Held in Bassett for Member of Missing Boat Crew


A prayer vigil is planned in Bassett, Neb. for a man who is part of the crew of a racing sailboat that vanished on the high seas after leaving port in New Zealand at the end of last month.

Community members will be praying for Kyle Jackson, who is originally from Bassett, at a prayer vigil at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The search for the crew of six Americans and a British National continues though there has been communication with anyone on board since early this month.

The Rescue Coordination Centre- New Zealand has carried out two extensive searches by plane, covering 500,000 square nautical miles. However, searchers found nothing.

The wooden schooner called "The Nina," built in 19–28, dropped communication a week after leaving port.

The sailing yacht is equipped with a tracking device, a satellite phone and an emergency buoy, but so far these devices have not helped the search crews.

At the time of its last sign of life, The Nina was nearly 400 miles northwest of New Zealand in the Tasman Sea

The mission controller for the search says they have grave concerns for the crew, but they have not given up hope of finding survivors.