June 12th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Young sailor safely rescued, parents confirm

Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old California girl whose sailboat was crippled in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is safe aboard a fishing vessel from Reunion Island, her parents announced in a news conference Saturday morning.

It will take a few days for the fishing vessel to get her back to dry land, they said.

Filed under: Travel • U.S. • World
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  1. Jimmie

    Why did her parents allow her to attempt such a feat by herself? Would they have also let her drive across the United States alone, too?

    June 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      shut up jimmie

      June 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      What are you talking about?

      June 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      So that her father could ink a reality show seal, since he has announced that they are now broke.

      June 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jimmie

    To drive across the United States is more dangerous for a young single female.

    June 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel Weymouth

      Doing anything can be dangerous is you don't you common sense. This girl know what she was doing. Whether she was 16 or 66 is irrelevant – skill and training are far more important than the age.

      This girl has lived more by 16 than anyone on this blog.

      June 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karl

    So a 16 year-old girl who deliberately put herself in a treacherous situation knowingly because of her "passion" is living? Tell that to the family of the captain of the French vessel who almost drowned saving her!

    June 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      You have got that right, Karl !!! Society will pay the debt for rescuing this young lady Is that morally correct? I dont think so. I mean who really cares if you can sail around the world at 16? Maybe it will get her into a better college.. LOL

      June 13, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      How do you figure she deliberately put herself in a treacherous position."? She is an accomplished mariner as evidenced by her ability to get half way around the world without a hitch. Is she responsible for the rogue wave that disabled her vessel?

      The Captain of the French fishing vessel fell overboard and was retrieved. He would have been wearing a life jacket and been secured to a lifeline.

      June 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. twin90s

    Abby was NOT too young. If parents think their daughter is capable, you know she must be..that's a huge undertaking AND there was a young Australilan girl who completed an around the world sailing voyage about a month ago. She returned to Melbourne as I recall. I say Good for Abby and I'm glad that her boat was so solid it didn't sink...someone much have really figured out those logistics well.

    June 13, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Abby left too late. Boat Should have stayed in south africa until september. Got slammed by winter. June July August is too dangerous. Every body knows this, That why American Sailing Association would not sponsor her.

      June 15, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. samsid10

    Thank god she didn't pass by the pirates! Good job!

    June 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pedro

    Don't forget jimmy, we have family take care what are talking to.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. todd

    there was a responce here about the money spent to save this girl, at least she is from the u.s. what makes me mad is that our, and my tax money goes to countrys that dont buy from the us, at least our money was spent on a american, not other countrys who hate us. we send money and food to other countrys knowing that america has kids and eldry without food and money

    June 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bdkennedy1

    Well, considering her dad admitted to reporters that he's broke and the family's own reality show was in production I would say that this whole scenario revolves around money. The parents should be charged with child neglect and have to pay back the money spent on rescuing her.

    June 14, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. tij

    The moral of this story is, "16 year old girls cannot sail around the world on their own, yet. Perhaps, wait until they become full-blown adults." End of story.

    June 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rico

      A 16 year old Australian girl already sailed around the world, so please educate yourself before making uninformed comments.

      June 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      She had the skills to do it, it's really that simple. People are harping on her age but she is an accomplished mariner, bright, articulate, and courageous. Had her mast not been lost to a rogue wave, we may well never have heard her name.

      June 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tij

      Rephrase- A 16 year old American girl cannot sail around the world on her own, yet. Wait till she is an adult.

      Also, search GOOGLE for "7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Indian Ocean Islands" – earthquake was there today with a tsunami warning.

      June 15, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. AGuest9

    No one will learn until their CHILD is killed with one of these stunts!

    June 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AGuest9

    Of course, it was done for a reality show deal. I've read all of these rants that people have posted about how wrong it was for people to judge her family for allowing her (pushing her?) to do this. Yeah, they're broke and the father saw her as his reality show meal ticket. I TOLD YOU SO!

    June 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cliff Downing

    1. Several teenagers have already sailed alone around the world. With the equipment available today it's just not that big a deal.
    2. All countries participate in a pact that guarantees that all sailors in peril upon the sea will be rescued. Doesn't matter if you're 16 or 600.
    3. Sailing around the world is safer for a teenage girl than walking down any street in almost any city in the U.S.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackson

      Are you serious? Sailing around the world is not that big of deal? Have you ever been in the Indian Ocean in June? Imagine sailing from russia to alaska in january. Abbys problem was she that left too late in the season, coming into the indian Ocean's Roaring Forties just as they wake up from their summer slumber to unleash natures raw wintery wrath upon all suspecting or unsuspecting men and animal. All surfers know June pumps in the indian ocean!!! Sail most any month except June July August.... Also helps if you can triple reef your mainsail.

      June 15, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
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    June 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |