Still No Sign Of Missing USA2 Balloon From Gordon Bennett
The search and rescue operation continued through the day
Thursday for Gordon Bennett Race pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol
Rymer-Davis, Team USA2, balloon registration N801NM. The pilots are
The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) have been
very proactive in their search using one aircraft, four boats and
one helicopter to search sea and coastal areas.
The Italian MRCC has been extremely thorough in their
operations, but unfortunately all items found have not been related
to the search. The MRCC have the support of the Croatian and Greek
Search and Rescue authorities.
In a news release, race organizers expressed their gratitude to
the US Consulate in Naples who has designated assets to the search
Immediate and extended family of both pilots politely request
that the media do not make contact with them. They do, however,
appreciate the efforts of all who are raising the profile of the
incident which is helping the search to gain momentum. Both
families are most grateful to all who have sent their good wishes
and messages of support, and apologize that they will not be able
to reply individually.