Friday, June 11, 2010

Abby Sunderland Missing At Sea


A search effort is under way in the Indian Ocean for 16-year-old Abby Sunderland who was trying to sail around the world solo. She lost communication shortly after reporting dangerous winds off Antarctica.

Sunderland has not been heard from by her family since Thursday morning when they spoke over a satellite phone. Her last known location was, roughly, a few hundred miles off the coast of Madagascar.

Around 6AM Thursday morning west coast time, emergency beacons on Sunderland's boat signaled that there was trouble.

"She set off her manual emergency locater beacons. The one that floats from the boat when the boat sinks was not set off so we're pretty hopeful that the boat is still floating. Right side up or upside down, it doesn't matter," said Jeff Casher, Team Support Associate.

Prayer vigils were underway in her home town of Thousand Oaks, California, and the pastor of her local parish was confident that she was safe.

CBS2/KCAL9's Amy Johnson was outside the house...

Abby was completing a journey that she was trying to perform earlier in her sailing career as the youngest female to sail around the globe solo. She was beaten to the record by another sailor, but wanted to finish the journey.

Follow Abby on her blog site here...

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