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

Fri, June 11, 2010 10:15am EDT 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.