TEEN SAILOR FOUND! Abby Sunderland Stranded But Safe (Whew!) In Southern Indian Ocean!

Fri, June 11, 2010 10:15am EST by 2 Comments
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The 16-year-old who wanted to be the youngest sailor to sail all the way around the world has been found after losing radio contact for a harrowing 24 hours!

Abby Sunderland has been found!

Sunderland, 16, hit rough seas and, apparently, her boat tipped amidst a storm and her mast broke — but the boat, called the Wild Eyes, didn’t sink.

According to Abby’s official website, the French fishing vessel that was sent to pick her up “will be there in a little over 24 hours,” as of last night. “Where they will take her or how long it will take we don’t know,” says the website.

“I think I knew in my heart she was okay, but your mind does play out different scenarios,” her mother, MaryAnne Sunderland, told Good Morning America June 11. “It was a very, very difficult few hours.”

Choosing prudence over global circumnavigation, Abby’s journey will end after her rescue.

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Posted at 3:14 AM on June 12, 2010  

I don’t think she should have been allowed to sail around the world herself, until she is a little older. She was lucky this time and I am very glad that she is alright. I applaud her for her bravery, but I it was not to bright to go off by herself like that. I don’t care how much experience a person in this field has, nobody should be out there alone.

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Posted at 1:05 PM on June 11, 2010  

i honestly don’t get this. i know they’re a family of boat people and such, and their son already did this, but i still can’t see letting your 16 year old go out and do such a dangerous thing all just to set some record. i read some experienced sailor saying that the very idea of anyone trying to go through the indian ocean at this time of year was ludicrous. if i were a sailor maybe i’d get it more, but as a non-sailor, i just feel very confused and ‘what am i missing?’ about this story and her parents encouraging or even just letting her do this.

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