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Rescue crews locate missing sailor Abby Sunderland

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abby-sunderland-missing-sailor.jpgAbby Sunderland, the 16-year-old California girl who was trying to become the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world by sailboat, was found safe on the Indian Ocean by rescue crews after being stranded at sea.

Sunderland activated a distress call after a storm snapped the mast of her boat, which remained upright, but unable to sail. That kicked off several nervous hours as aid traveled to her remote location.

Her parents were on "Good Morning America" this morning to talk about their relief and address those who criticized letting a 16-year-old attempt something like this.

MaryAnne Sunderland, who is due to give birth at the end of the month, said she reminded herself throughout the ordeal that her daughter's boat was hard to sink, but "but that doesn't mean it wasn't dark, cold and frightening."

"How many teenagers die in car accidents every year?" Laurence Sunderland said. "Should we stop them from driving a car?"
It could be another day before a French fishing vessel can pull her boat, Wild Eyes, to shore. Officials say they are confident she'll be safe until they can reach her.

Sunderland began her trip on January 23. Her older brother, Zac, completed a similar trip around the world last year, when he was 17.

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Please tell me that Abby will be going into foster care when she returns. What kind of parents would allow this?

Please tell me that Abby's parents are paying all rescue costs.

What is the new baby going to do? How old will they let baby number three get before she needs to find fame for her parents?

Glad to read that this foolish girl is unharmed, but what a lame defense from the Dad for letting his daughter sail solo. This family is a bunch of attention craving whores who are out for fame and fortune. Too bad Abby's dream of sailing solo around the world for fame and money got washed away by the waves, but that's life. I am just glad for a change that the US taxpayers didn't have to foot the bill for this fool hardy attention grabbing travesty for a change. BTW, I have a feeling we haven't heard the last from this family. There are 5 kids younger than Abby in that family, so you can bet we will see Sunderland, part 3 coming to an ocean near you soon. I saw the parents on TV this morning, Mom and Pop sure had defiant looking faces, especially Mom. Guess they have heard the criticism and don't care for it. Too bad, stop throwing your kids out into the ocean for attention and the criticism will stop. Guess it takes all kinds of people to make this world go around.

Congratulations to Abby for her adventure and I hope she continues on after repairing her boat. Congratulations are due also to her parents, who helped in the best ways possible to encourage and support their children to dream large and face huge obstacles in the quest of those dreams. I hope they serve as examples to other parents of how to truly raise children to adulthood rather than simply to protect them through childhood. Faith encourages living large. Go for it!

Unbelievable remarks! You have manufactures marketing small condoms for children of the age of 12 or under, kids showing no respect to any form of authority, empathy down 40% over the last 5 years in this country and yet you have no hesitation to judge the parents of a talented 16 year old that probably has more maturity and intellegence than the average mother giving birth to her first child in America. Dont be so quick to judge, my hats off to Abby and her family for their passion for adventure and for living life. Abby has probably experienced more in her 16 years than the average person in a America will in their entire existence which will probably also be confined to the State in which they were born.

Abby's parents should be required to pay the costs of the search and rescue efforts.

Congratulations Abby on your courage, faith and determination! Ignore the critical people who sit in their "easy" chairs armed with nothing but TV remote controls and bags of potato chips. Sail on! You are an inspration to us all!

I see that the cult of safety is out in full force today. Look, I'd rather have a 16 year old in a pretty-much-unsinkable boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean than dealing with getting pregnant or picking up a STD or getting date-raped or any of the other risks that face 16 year old girls today in our society. She is in far less danger there than in lower Chicago on a Friday night where the risk of a drive-by shooting or rape is pretty darn high. You can't *keep* a 16 year old safe -- a 16 year old is her own person, and *will* do something dangerous, all you can hope is that you raised her right so she'll know how to handle it without getting killed. At least Abby is doing something that is generally a pretty healthy sport, unlike some of the things that *other* 16 year olds are doing right this very moment like dealing drugs, doing drive-by shootings, things like that.

Glad she is well. It's clear she has the right stuff for this journey.

To the pious:

You people that are willing to send us off to war when we are 18 are upset that a responsible young person wishs to achive a personal adventure and goal that could set the course of their life. All this while you sit in the comfort of your home pontificating about something you cannot comprehend let alone do.

Your propensity for mediocraty and underachievement makes your opinion unimportant to me.

Great going Abby! Too bad you could not make the full circuit, but you got a long distance under the keel. Pay no attention to these ninnys bad mouthing your parents for letting you follow your dream. They are just people that would never have lived to your age without foam covering & safety netting everything. These people do not know that part of life is actually living it! There should be more people like your parents. For if there were, society would not be such a bunch of wimps that cry & pout because they lost at a game of checkers. In all games & competitions there are winners, & there are losers. Not everyone gets a prize, ribbon, or a pat on the back. Sometimes life is not fair. Sometimes you have to do things & take serious risks.

These people do not understand this & live in a safe fear of everything. Right there, they already have lost. You honey, are defiantly a winner. Welcome home!

Stewart, thanks for making me think about little kid bits, that was pretty random, perv.
Now, why on earth would you call Abby "talented"? She's just a rich kid on a free vacation, compliments of the U.S. taxpayers. It reminds me of the Simpsons episode when Timmy fell down a well.
Homer: That Timmy's a real hero.
Lisa: How's that Dad?
Homer: Well, he fell down a well.

I very rarely comment on news stories, but I did want to second Stewart's observation. He'rs is a talented sailing family; her older brother circumnavigated the globe only several years ago. A sailor myself, I am well aware that dangerous things occur at sea and a mast breaking is rather unusual even in difficult conditions; she may have been carrying a bit more sail than warranted, but it will be very interesting to hear from her. Bravo for the effort!

People are pretty quick to put down the achievers in our country. I guess Abby should give up and click on MTV or Oprah, have Pepsi, and never attempt to do anything worthwhile again?

Rescue costs? Were the Sailors or Coastguardsman not gonna get their monthly salary if they didnt go out and rescue here?

pffft

Good For Abby


Kudos to you Abby. Don't let this event keep you out of the saddle. I have been an adventurer all my life. Scuba, ice climbing, mountaineering, hang gliding and lets not forget sailing. If I were to die tomorrow I would know that my life was lived to the fullest.
get back in there

I have a lot of respect for this girl and her parents. She is certainly competent, and frankly, she'll be a more amazing adult because of this experience.

Based on the above comments, people typically don't "get it". That's too bad, but in due time I think that will change. The best way to learn anything is by experience, and this family knows that.

Congrats to you all, Sunderland family!
--Alec

I have followed Abby's journey since she started

I was heart broken to hear about her troubles and I refused to believe she was "Lost at Sea"

I am so happy she is safe

Although I do not agree with with the parents decision to let her go as I would never let my daughter do anything likt this.

I appreciate that they did everything in their power to make sure Abby was safe.

The best boat, the best survial gear, the best support team, the best training, the best of everything to midigate the danger. They did not spare any expence. Every percaution was taken into consideration before her departure.

Abby I am proud of you and your effort.

I feel you disapointment for not completing your goal.

You should be proud of your acconplishment

I have followed Abby's journey since she started

I was heart broken to hear about her troubles and I refused to believe she was "Lost at Sea"

I am so happy she is safe. I cried when I heard the great news

Although I do not agree with the parents decision to let her go as I would never let my daughter do anything likt this.

I appreciate that they did everything in their power to make sure Abby was safe.

The best boat, the best survival gear, the best support team, the best training, the best of everything to mitigate the danger. They did not spare any expense. Every precaution was taken into consideration before her departure.

Abby I am proud of you and your effort.

I feel you disappointment for not completing your goal.

You should be proud of your accomplishment

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