Some 50 people gathered Thursday night at St. Andrew's Marina to remember a Panama City family lost at sea.
Captain David Dyche, his wife Rosemary, and their son David Jr., left the marina a few years ago for a round-the-world sailing adventure.
Their 85-foot schooner, The Nina, went missing June 4 off the coast of New Zealand. Three other Americans and one British man were also aboard the ship when it went missing. Crews called off the search last Friday. All 7 are presumed dead.
But some family members are holding out hope.
"Some of us are hoping, we just feel like everybody coming together with this visual will bring positive vibes to have them found," said David Dyche's sister, Cherie Martinez.
Guests wrote letters to the crew and put them in glass bottles. The bottles will be shipped to New Zealand and put out at sea near where they believe the Nina went missing.
"We're holding out as long as we can,” said Martinez. “As we say, 'Nina always comes back to port.' She's come up pretty busted at times, but she comes back."
Friends and family also wore blue ribbons to show their continued love and hope for their lost loved ones.
The vigil was held Thursday because it would have been David Jr.'s 18th birthday.