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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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