Twin Brother Of Chattanooga Woman Missing At Sea With His Family, Crew

Friday, June 28, 2013

The twin brother of a Chattanooga woman and his family and crew have been missing at sea for a month.

David Dyche was sailing his 85-year-old schooner, Nina, when it disappeared in a storm while on a voyage from New Zealand to Australia. Also aboard were his wife, Rosemary, son, David, and four crew members.

The twin sister is Cherie Martinez, a United Airlines captain.

The Dyches are from Panama City.

One of Cherie's daughters Julia, lives here with her husband.  They were married on board the Nina last year when it was docked in New Zealand.

There was a report that David Dyche may have made a frantic ship-to-shore call to his mother at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., on June 13. The mother reported hearing her name called amid a lot of static.

David Dyche and the crew are all experienced sailors and the family is holding out hope that the boat may still be afloat. 

The crew faced a storm with winds gusting up to 68 mph and waves reaching 26 feet high.

Crew members include three additional Americans and a 35-year-old British man. 

The last communication was June 4 to a New Zealand meteorologist on how to get away from the “nasty” weather. 



2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Pair Sought In Carjacking On Mountain Creek Road

Two men are being sought in connection with a carjacking on Mountain Creek Road early Thursday morning. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to the incident in the 1100 block of Mountain Creek Rd. Upon arrival police made contact with the female victim. She said she had received a phone call from her friends wanting a ride. After picking up her friends, who are also ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chicago’s Gun Buyer

In the days following the horrifying massacre of 50 people at an Orlando nightclub, several of the crazies in the media have dashed about trying to prove how easy it is to obtain an assault weapon. Some guy in Philadelphia claims he bought one in seven minutes when, in fact, we would all have been better served if he had written how long it took him to get a psychiatric exam and ... (click for more)

Memorial Service For Lynn Trent is Sunday June 26

 “To all who knew Lynn this (his death) is truly sad news. My friendship with Lynn goes back to the 70's.I was always the better for having seen Lynn on any trip home and know no one more dedicated to or who loved the Mocs any more than Lynn.” UTC Alum and Actor Dennis Haskins   We have lost a friend. Actually a great friend. One who was dedicated ... (click for more)

Red Bank Stays Unbeaten With Win Over Waterdogs

The Red Bank Gators are now a win away from claiming first place in the White division of the Chattanooga Area Swim League. Facing the Waterdogs from Cleveland in a battle of unbeaten teams at Red Bank Thursday night, the Gators clinched at least a tie for first place with a 403-366 victory in a meet that was much closer than that 37-point margin might otherwise indicate. ... (click for more)