The teen sailor is reunited with her brother following her near fatal stint at sea!
Abby Sunderland is FINALLY safe and sound and back on land after fears she was lost at sea following a June 10 storm in the Indian Ocean that forced the California teen to abandon her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the sea. The Associated Press reports that the California teen arrived on Reunion Island Saturday, June 24 where she was greeted by her 18-year-old brother Zac “who brought her a backpack with some clothes, a hairbrush (!), and a few personal belongings. She was thrilled to see some familiar faces and have met another milestone in her long voyage home.” She was also quick to defend her parents’ decision to let her participate in such a dangerous trip. “They have put up with a ton of stuff to help me follow my dream,” the young sailor said.
As for the criticism her parents have suffered, Abby stated it was “ungrounded.” She went on to say, “the past few months have been the best of my life. I was on an adventure. You can only plan so far.”
Not on hand to meet Abby were her parents as her mother is soon to give birth to an eighth child.
The teen also created speculation she would try her trip again as she said her accident, “ended my trip but it didn’t end my dream.”