'Ghost Ship' Spotted in Search for Boat Lost at Sea

Families of Americans missing at sea for five months say grainy images could be proof they're alive.
1:45 | 10/15/13

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Now, new hope for the family of seven crew members of a schooner that disappeared off the coast of australia a month ago. New satellite pictures have revealed feint images of what appears to be a vessel drifting at sea. Reporter: This morning, the families of six americans missing at sea for five months, say the grainy images could be proof they're still alive. Good morning, america. Reporter: Experienced captain, david dikes, was aboard "the nina," along with their son, when they road officials ABOUT JUNE 3rd. One month later an undelivered text message was recovered from the day after the storm. It read, storm sails shredded last night. It's been a nightmare. And I can't wake up out of it. We're thinking, what else can we be doing? There has to be somebody out there who can hear our plea. Reporter: Local authorities called off the search in july. But the families of the missing sailors refused to give up. Commissioning the private american search and rescue group that secured these satellite images. They appear to show a schooner drifting near where the crew disappeared. I did not sleep that night. I was so excited. This is what we've been waiting for. Reporter: But this morning, officials in new zealand apparently are not convinced. Reportedly telling the crew's families, they'll need a better quality image before relaunching the search. Hopefully they are closer to find out what happened. Time for weather with sam.

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