Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Abby Sunderland Found Alive & Well

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

The 16-year-old Thousand Oaks teen trying to sail around the world alone was spotted and found to be in good condition. While in the rough seas of the Indian Ocean yesterday morning, Abby Sunderland set off her emergency beacons, prompting a search and rescue missions while the world awaited news of what happened.

A plane sent out to look for Sunderland spotted her and made radio contact. Her boat "Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down," her family wrote on her blog. "The weather conditions are abating. Radio communication was made and Abby reports that she is fine!" Boats that launched to locate her had a 40-hour journey ahead of them. They should arrive by the end of today.

The incident has people throwing criticism to the Sunderlands, all who are sailing veterans. Father Laurene Sunderland told ABC's "Good Morning America,""How many teenagers die in car accidents every year? Should we stop them from driving cars? ... Life is dangerous."

Last year, Abby's older brother Zac Sunderland successfully sailed around the world solo when he was 17.