Abby Sunderland Rescued by French Fishing Ship

June 12, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The solo teen sailor adrift in the Indian ocean on a damaged sailboat, has been rescued by a commercial fishing vessel. Abby Sunderland, 16, was safely transferred from her boat Wild Eyes onto the French fishing ship Ile De La Reunion.

On Thursday, Sunderland sent out a distress signal, after winter storms in the Indian Ocean hobbled her ship and satellite phone reception. Her parents spent 20 anxious hours, waiting for news that Sunderland was alive.

Sunderland is now safe from the raging storms in the Indian Ocean, but it may take a while for the plucky sailor to make it back home to Thousand Oaks, California. Maritime guidelines dictate that the transporting of passengers should not interfere with commercial shipping and fisheries:

“International Maritime Organization guidelines indicate that such arrangements should avoid disruption to commercial shipping as far as possible. Since the fishing vessel would suffer significant losses from leaving the fishing grounds, it is possible that Sunderland will be transferred to one of the other ships. One ship is bound for Australia; the other would probably return to its home port at La Reunion.”

Sunderland, writes on her blog that she has dreamed of sailing around the world, since she was just 13. “It has been my dream since I was 13 years old and began single-handing, to one day sail solo around the world. I am 16 years old and this blog will contain the story of my attempt to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator.”

Despite, her dream being cut short by raging winter storms, the crew of the fishing vessel, said Sunderland was in “good spirits.”

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s parents are being criticized for allowing their teen daughter to embark on such a dangerous trip alone.

Source: LA Times

Photo Source: Abby’s Blog


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