Teen Sailor Abandons Ship And Solo Effort

A 16-year-old California girl who attempted to sail around the world was rescued yesterday. Her boat was damaged in the turbulent waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Abby Sunderland is safe. A French fishing vessel brought her aboard from the small boat, Wild Eyes, that the 16-year-old girl has been trying to sail solo around the world since January.

She ran into storms in the Indian Ocean, which knocked down her mast and the boat's satellite system after she called her family in California to say Wild Eyes was being rocked by 30-foot waves. Australian rescues planes found Abby Sunderland late Thursday.

Many questioned the wisdom of parents letting the teenager face such demanding seas in isolation. The Sunderlands said today: This is the end of her dream. There is no boat to sail.

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