Friday, June 11, 2010

Update: Abby Sunderland Alive and Well!

Teen sailor Abby Sunderland was spotted by a Qantas Airlines jet sent from Perth Australia to look for her. You can read about it here..

The boat was tossed about pretty badly and has suffered a broken mast, knocking out her long range radio and satellite phone. But her short range VHF was working and she could communicate with the Qantas crew. She's not hurt and the boat is seaworthy though it can't sail with the busted rig. Rescue ships should reach her Saturday and all signs are she should be able to hang on 'til then if the weather doesn't turn any worse on her.

I still question why a child of 16 was alone in the Southern Ocean with the Southern Hemisphere's winter just around the corner. But so glad to hear she's alive and apparently as well as can be under the circumstances.

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