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Friday, June 11, 2010

Round-the-world teen sailor alive, well (Abby Sunderland)

Round-the-world teen sailor alive, well


"A 16-year-old sailor on a round-the-world journey was adrift in the frigid southern Indian Ocean on Friday as rescue boats headed toward her yacht, damaged by 30-foot waves that knocked out her communications and prompted her to set off a distress signal.

After 20 hours of silence, a search plane launched from Australia's west coast made radio contact with Abby Sunderland on Friday.

Her family told TODAY's Meredith Vieira that the wait for news was "tense."

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"They're not enjoyable moments, of course, and your mind does play tricks with you," said her father, Lawrence Sunderland, a shipwright who owns a yacht management company. "It's just a waiting game."

He said the family was fortunate the search and rescue team acted as quickly as they did to find Abby."



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