Solo Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland Recalls Horrifying Moment At Sea.

Sun, June 13, 2010 12:07pm EDT by 5 Comments

The 16-year-old California teen was fixing her engine when her entire boat rolled into the water.

Abby Sunderland is safe and well after being rescued from a frigid stretch of the Indian Ocean early yesterday morning by a French fishing vessel, but even she admits how lucky she is to be alive. Abby told Australian Broadcasting Company Radio,  “I was really lucky that there was a boat that could come and get me where I was.” What a relief!

Abby said everyting happened as she was trying to fix her engine during a large storm on the ocean. “The boat rolled all of a sudden. My whole mast was in the water . . . Pretty much nothing was working after that.”

As we previously reported, Abby had been stranded since Thursday when she let off a distress signal due to turbulent conditions in the southern Indian Ocean. The mast of her sailboat had collapsed knocking out all of her satellite communication. The French ship Ile De La Reunion brought her on board around 2:45 a.m. (PDT) Saturday morning.

Abby set out from California on January 23 attempting to become the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe, a title previously held by brother Zac Sunderland.

As for anyone who might doubt Abby’s commitment, she stated she will likely try her journey again.

-Chris Spargo

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Misty

Posted at 2:43 AM on June 16, 2010  

Ha! I just read some other sensationalist headlines–well, someone’s got to make a living with those tabloids, & they’ve been doing it for years, so it probably just comes second nature to them to ‘find the angle’ to whatever is newsworthy. May we not be guided by their ‘entertainment’ but remember they exist to get people stirred up, interested, curious, no matter how negative the angle may be. But, pleeeeease let’s not swallow it.

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Aaron

Posted at 2:28 AM on June 14, 2010  

It’s a reality tv show, you’ve all been conned:

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Anastasia

Posted at 3:17 PM on June 13, 2010  

It’s her parents who are stupid for letting their son and daughter go on these solo boat trips. They’ve dodged a bullet as their children are still alive. When they’re adults, that’s a different story. They can decide then if they want to risk the dangers.

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Darnell

Posted at 12:00 AM on June 14, 2010  

Stupid? I admire it. Kids these days take worse risks on a regular basis. Bravo to their family for getting out and embracing life, while people like you and I merely comment on it… in front of our computer screens.

What’s really important is the family’s relationship to God — and based on things I’ve read, it’s something they genuinely value.

Faith is a wonderful thing… I’m not surprised she’s safe. Hopefully, she tries it again — why not? If she dies in pursuit, I like her chances in Heaven :)

Go Sunderlands!

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Alex

Posted at 1:17 PM on June 13, 2010  

The most important question is who will pay for rescue operation? US and Australian taxpayers as usual? Seems to be inadequate sum for live saving of little stupid girl, isn’t it?

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