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