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French Fishing Vessel Reaches Stranded Teen Sailor

We can debate the merits of parents willingly letting their 16 yo daughter sail around the world by herself another time.  Until that time, let’s just thank the Lord they still have a daughter who will be coming home to them.

A French fishing vessel made contact with 16-year-old California sailor Abby Sunderland about 6 a.m. ET Saturday, said her brother, Zac. The family will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. ET.

Rescue teams were heading for a remote area in the Indian Ocean to fetch the stranded sailor, who lost contact as she tried to circumnavigate the globe in her 40-foot boat.

Sunderland, who is trying to be the world’s youngest to sail around the world solo, lost satellite contact on Thursday and issued a distress call after what appeared to be a rogue wave hit the boat, damaging its communications equipment.

The first boat expected to rendezvous with Sunderland’s yacht, Wild Eyes, is a French fishing vessel, said her father, Laurence Sunderland, in an interview with Julie Ellerton of Thousand Oaks, California.

“We don’t know where she is going to be taken,” Sunderland said, adding that it could be Australia or the Reunion Islands, a French territory. “Once the authorities have informed us, we will make our necessary plans to rendezvous with her.”

CNN goes on to report that it will likely be Ms. Sunderland’s older brother — who also circumnavigated the globe by sailing himself last year — or one of her sailing teammates who will rendezvous with her when she hits dry land.  Her mother is expecting the family’s newest child any day now and because of that pending arrival, both parents will be staying in California.

Blessings to the Sunderland family on both the new baby and Abby’s safe return.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/06/12/teen.sailor/index.html

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