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2:11 am - 06/11/2010
Australian search crews contact missing teen sailor

Australian search crews have made contact with the 16-year-old American girl who was feared lost at sea while attempting to sail solo around the world, according to a family spokesman.

Abby Sunderland's family began scrambling to organize a search-and-rescue effort for her after they learned her emergency beacon was detected just an hour after they last spoke to her on Thursday

Her vessel is believed to be adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2,000 miles east of Madagascar, 2,000 miles west of Australia and 500 miles north of the French Antarctic Islands.

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randomneses 11th-Jun-2010 07:19 am (UTC)
D: *SMH*
sweetgonzotooth 11th-Jun-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
someone somewhere is going to blame this on jessica watson.
squid_ink 11th-Jun-2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
why? I thought she made it...?
juanita_dark 11th-Jun-2010 08:28 am (UTC)
16-year-old American girl ... attempting to sail solo around the world

randomneses 11th-Jun-2010 08:53 am (UTC)
lisaee 11th-Jun-2010 08:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad she's (seemingly) safe.

But sailing around the world at 16 ...
lied_ohne_worte 11th-Jun-2010 08:46 am (UTC)
But she's following her ~dreams!!!

Flippancy aside, I do hope they find her safe. That description of her position is awfully vague, considering what a big place the ocean is.
veritasera 11th-Jun-2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
But she's following her ~dreams!!!

I guess I'm the only person who...doesn't get what's wrong with that? Yes, it's terribly dangerous, but she and her parents were obviously willing to accept the risk for her to break this record (I think that's what it was for), and for Christ's sake, she's not hurting anyone except herself, right? It's a risky operation and she thought she was prepared for it - and hell, maybe she really is and something came up she couldn't control. Someone yesterday brought up the issue of the fact that the coast guards for the countries that went searching for her are taxpayer-funded, and yes, that's an issue, but her family seems more than able and willing to pay for that kind of thing.

Whatever, specifics of this case aside, so many people yesterday seemed to have a major problem with her. I guess I just don't see what's wrong with a 16-year-old girl wanting to, yes, ~*follow her dreams*~. Yes, she's white and upper class, and has an opportunity that a lot of people wouldn't, but it's her hobby. What's wrong with her wanting to sail?

lastrega 11th-Jun-2010 09:01 am (UTC)
That's a bad part of the ocean to run into trouble in. I hope they can bring her in okay.
warofmylife21 11th-Jun-2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Sailing solo at 16 around the world... i can't believe her parent let her do that. -.-

I hope she's okay tho and that they find her.
serendipity_15 11th-Jun-2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
I just heard this on the Today show, she's okay, she ran into trouble when the mast of her boat broke in rough weather and seas but she herself seems to be unharmed.
wrestlingdog 11th-Jun-2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad she's at least back in contact. I hope that she's safe.
mangosorbet007 11th-Jun-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she's fine. I also hope the nations involved in the S&R bill her parents.
ook 11th-Jun-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
This whole thing seems like a variant of the Balloon Boy fiasco.
calimazan 11th-Jun-2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Except that this is no hoax.
squid_ink 11th-Jun-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
finding her is a reflection on Australian search crews...what amazing people. Hopefully this kid will volunteer for a search and rescue squad when she gets home

and put her time to some good use
velvetunicorn 11th-Jun-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I hope she's ok.
lickety_split 11th-Jun-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they've made contact with her. Hopefully they'll find her soon.
schmanda 11th-Jun-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Well, that's definitely good. Once she's on land and back home, she shouldn't bother buying any lottery tickets in this lifetime. I mean, this about maxes out the reserves of Good Fortune for any ten people...
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