Abby Sunderland Found Alive

Great news just after midnight on a Friday morning as Abby Sunderland has been found alive. It appears that she is in good health and had plenty of food as she planned to wait for the arrival of a rescue boat.

From the Associated Press:

A family spokesman says searchers have contacted a 16-year-old Southern California girl who was feared lost at sea and she is alive and well. William Bennett said late Thursday night that searchers aboard an Airbus A330 spotted Abby Sunderland’s boat in an upright position and made contact with her via radio.

From The Guardian:

Rescuers contacted Abby Sunderland after she set off two emergency satellite beacons on her 40ft yacht, Wild Eyes, a spokesman said.

Her parents lost satellite phone contact with her after she had told them she had been repeatedly knocked down in 60-knot winds and 50-foot waves, about 2,000 miles east of Madagascar.

One of the beacons was believed to have been attached to a survival suit and was designed to be set off by a person in the water or on a life raft. Both beacons were manually activated. Rescuers had been seeking to contact the nearest ship, 400 miles away.

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5 Comments on “Abby Sunderland Found Alive”

  1. Lily~Rose Says:

    Thank God she is safe! I still think her parents should be arrested for child abuse. What “normal” parent would allow their 16 yr old to do that alone??? Hello???

  2. Honeydog Says:

    Ditto. It seems everytime I hear the News of a Child having been in Danger, accidentally Injured or Killed, thoughts go right back to blaming it on the lack of Common Sense, the whereabouts of, and proper supervision from, the Parents or Caretakers. Glad at least this had a Happy Ending.

  3. OneOp Says:

    I did not know the story. Was it one of adventure, newsworthy, story, money.
    If that is the case, where the parents were to benefit, not nice. Anything like the
    balloon boy incident. Guess I missed all the coverage on it. Yes, most importantly
    she is safe! Regardless as to why she was out there.

  4. Honeydog Says:

    I watched the TV Interview with Abby’s Parents and Brother after she was Rescued, which also included some Footage of her rather impressive decent-sized Boat. I reflected on my above Comment, and, in a way, this wasn’t all THAT bad, but I do think her Family would have surely been singing a different Tune if she had ended-up Perishing out there, rather than passing it off like “Driving a Car” and saying “What are you supposed to do, Tell them they can’t Drive?” It’s always easy to feel Fine with your Child doing something Dangerous— until they might not be so Lucky at some point.

  5. zooeyibz Says:

    I think Abby’s parents should be praised for encouraging their daughter to pursue her dreams. Bad weather, bad luck, accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, not just teenager sailors. Kudos to her family for having the courage to support her through thick and thin, and to Abby for her hard work and sacrifices. Keep sailing!

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