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Sunken yacht raises mystery

An Australian fishing vessel that stumbled across the mast and sail of an unidentified yacht in the Timor Sea near Darwin claims the wreckage could be part of missing American vessel Nina, which vanished from the Tasman Sea with seven passengers on board in June 2013.

An Australia Bay Seafoods ship snagged a boat’s mast and sail in its nets about 90 miles off Darwin last week.

Australia Bay Seafoods co-owner Bill Passey said that it had taken his crew about six hours to ¬unhook the net from the wreckage.

“Eventually when they did get off something gave way. And among all the tangled mess was a sail and a mast off a yacht,” he told the Herald Sun.

However, another report states the wreck is not believed to be Nina, as the wreck's mast was blue and not the heavy wooden type aboard the classic 1928 American schooner.

Click here for that report by the New Zealand Herald.