Parents: Teenage Sailor Rescued In Indian Ocean

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The parents of a California teenager who was stranded at sea say she has been rescued by a French fishing crew.

Laurence Sunderland, the father of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland, told reporters outside his home early Saturday that maritime authorities had contacted him to confirm the rescue in heavy seas in the southern Indian Ocean.

Abby Sunderland set off a distress signal Thursday after rough seas disabled her ship and her satellite phone reception.

Twenty hours later, an Australian search plane made brief radio contact with Sunderland and found her alive and well Friday morning.

The mast on her boat, Wild Eyes, had broken, dashing her attempts to sail around the world single handed.


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  • by Will on Jun 12, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    I don't think any 16 yr old should be driving. Sailing a boat around the world alone? No adult should even do that. Pride can do messed up things to people and put them in pointless danger.
  • by Elwood Location: ms on Jun 12, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    The parents should be arrested for child endangerment
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    Family should pay for the rescue. Fix the boat and let her finish her trip, they did not care about her safety before, why would they start now. But with their own money. They will make millions from all the talk shows.
  • by Rhonda on Jun 12, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    I am so glad there is a happy ending to this story.That being said,I don't think it is responsible to allow a sixteen year old do this without being shadowed.Weather is one thing,but image what she would have gone through if pirates had gotten to her first.
  • by Donations to bring back the boat on Jun 12, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    I've followed her story from the beginning. Very glad she is alive and well. That said, I was very disappointed to see on her website shortly after her rescue that they are asking for donations to have the boat brought back home! That just struck me wrong. The family could at least be offering to pay the rescue vessel and plane before immediately asking for money to get the boat home from halfway around the world.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    I am glad to hear that she is safe. Not my children and if they don't care what happens to them anymore than that, that is their choice to live with what happens to them not mine. They got lucky that the son made it back alive and very lucky the girl did. Just pray they don't have any more children to send on this type of adventure.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jun 12, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    Hey, give the girl a break! How come when a young guy does this, he doesn't get criticized? Sexist people... At least she has a dream and was working towards reaching her dream!
  • by sharky Location: snow hill on Jun 12, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    its her passion to sail if you would spend time in the water you would understand the way she feels yea shes only 16 but she been boating all her short life i bet god bless her i hope she goes for it again sail on sister
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    Wonder who paid for this rescue?
  • by Roxie Location: Gville on Jun 12, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    These may seem a little old timey for some of you, but what responsible parents would allow their 16 year daughter (alone) to untake such a venture? Seems rather criminal to me. I'm glad she is safe, but by the grace of God. If I were her, I would find some other "toy" to play with in my spare time.
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