Skip to comments.Abby Sunderland speaks out about the dramatic bid to save her life
Posted on 06/14/2010 8:20:03 AM PDT by Patriot1259
he 'born-again' American teenager who had been attempting to sail solo around the world defends herself against the critics of her young age
INDIAN OCEAN - Sixteen-year-old American Abby Sunderland, a "born again" teenage girl attempting to sail solo around the world, was rescued on Saturday, June 12, 2010
in a remote spot of the Indian Ocean, bringing to a successful conclusion the dramatic bid to save her life.
Abby, who is part of a Southern California Christian family, was picked up from her stricken vessel by a dinghy launched from the French fishing boat Ile de la Reunion.
(Excerpt) Read more at thecypresstimes.com ...
Abby....as a sailor myself, I can say your one tough kid. Don’t let the naysayers grind you down.
Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
If I was in their situation, I’d make some sort of charitable donation.
The Australian Volunteer Coastguard for the obvious link to sea rescue in Australia.
CanTeen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer - a charity with a youth focus supported by Qantas who provided the aircraft that responded.
Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer. A French volunteer organisation that rescues those in peril around the French coast, in recognition of the sailors who picked her up.
I don’t think they should be billed. That’s not our rescue at sea works - but a donation would go some way to showing their gratitude.
No, I have a problem with it as well. They may have prayed about it, but I have serious doubts that they then listened to what God had to say.
I posted this on another thread, but I think it clarifies what they were doing:
“I dont sail. I live in southern Arizona, about 60 miles from the border.
Suppose I encouraged my 12 year old daughter to hike the Arizona/Mexico border alone to set a record as the youngest girl to hike the border alone. And had her do it in summer, because winter would be too late to set the record. And plug a reality TV show about her hike, and my worrying about her.”
The “naysayers” would be pointing out the STUPIDITY of my STUNT. No matter how tough my daughter is, or how much hiking, doing that would be STUPID. And stupid isn’t admirable...
It is possible to pray and then to hear what you want to hear in ‘response’. It’s a form of self-deception.
Lies I tell ya! This little girl should be strapped into a child seat in the back seat of mamas car....Bad mama!
For that matter, Kids up to 17 years old should be forced to ride in child protective seats designed for teenagers.
Abby's father, Laurence Sunderland said, In this day and age we get overprotective with our children. Look at how many teenagers die in cars every year. Should we let teenagers drive cars?
Child protective services should have this bozo arrested!
You are right. We are all guilty of that. I know I am.
If more teens had the ‘nads this girl has and more parents encouraged them to follow their dreams like these did, I suspect we’d have a much brighter future.
Foolish comment. Most teen driving accidents come from immaturity and a willingness to take excessive risks for emotional highs, not from lack of training. The immaturity go with the territory (youthfulness) and there’s nothing you can do about it except wait a few years.
The parents will have their faith “strengthened” due to the fact that Abby was saved.
But does that mean that this was God’s will to begin with?
IMO the fact that God bailed them out does not mean that this journey was God’s idea.
I'm hearing this morning (FOX and then a radio report) that Daddy had signed a reality TV gig thing previously......we may have a variant of Balloon Boy goin' on here.
"If more teens had the nads this girl has and more parents encouraged them to follow their dreams like these did, I suspect *wed have fewer teens.* "
These parents are lower than whale poop. I wish the authority that recognizes records in sailing would make the boat put up bond for any cost related to rescue or admin expense for a country. Plus require 18 years old as the entry level.
I am so frosted about this. Sending your kid to her potential death is child abuse in the first degree. The kid failed, was behind schedule, put in for repairs and was then advised by her father to continue the march.
Put those parents in a Dingy in the middle of the Southern Ocean in Winter. Let's see what hero's they are. That girl was facing weather worse that what crashed her for the next two months.
Honor the rescuers. The fishing boat crew that got her lost production, and the captain, almost his life. Fell into the water. I'm hot about this.
Check out real sailors comments, post #2944.
As the parent of a young daughter I would have NEVER permitted this. I would have in fact called the police and issued a restraining order to stop her.
I was practically raised on a yacht myself as my father was a yacht salesman. My parents also owned a boat for many years and I am no stranger to boats.
Allowing a sixteen year old to sail around the world in a yacht ALL BY HERSELF is SIMPLY PREPOSTEROUS AND BEYOND INSANITY.
The area where she was found is infested with pirates. There are frequently dangerous storms around the horn of Africa which have taken down much bigger ships in these shark infested waters.
What were her parents thinking allowing such complete and total madness?
Well, I am not in favor of a government bail out for this. If the family has to pay on it for years into the future, it should be their debt.
Ballon boy, Boat girl.. allee samee.
reality tv show!
I believe however that she is doing it of her own volition though I could be wrong (as Geraldo seems to believe).
It could be argued that no one should attempt to sail across oceans single-handedly because it is too dangerous.
I disagree and respect those who follow their dreams.
For those who have a taste for adventure, may I recommend reading The Lonely Sea and the Sky by Sir Francis Chichester. It's not in print, but used copies can be found. Chichester set out from Europe and flew to Australia in the early days of aviation.
It's an amazing story!
Now that is REALLY sick. At least in the case of the balloon boy, the child was never in the balloon.
“Christian” family- why is this in the article?
the money this “born again” family spent on her boat would have filled a lot of rice bowls
Go Abby! Don't let the life-suckers keep you from safely pursuing your goals!!!!
But what about commonsense? Sailing in pirate infested waters all by yourself? A sixteen year old girl all alone. Why not at least have a few other people on the boat with her.
My father is a professional yachtsman himself. Never sailed alone except maybe for some very short voyages close to the coast.
We always remember failure and forget achievement
The area where she was found is infested with pirates.
No it isn't
Somali pirate boat MV Il de la Reunion (which rescued Abby)
How many differences can you spot?
That wasn’t an issue—Her course was plotted to avoid the pirate invested areas.
Wow, 28 whines to get to a decent post! I was beginning to think that the USA really is the Wuss of the world...leaving adventure to the British, Canadians, Aussies, etc. So good to hear a voice of reason! And if the team sponsor was thinking reality show...well, that’s a California thing afterall. As for heraldo!?KDOWH^^*S(D*...last sailor’s voice I’d look to for reason. ‘Course, all my kids were sailing the Atlantic (where it’s ‘safe’), not that dangerous Pacific...and certainly not the southern Indian in winter. But ya sails where ya lives...and the daddy must be very proud.
Oh gee, I didn’t know pirates limited themselves to certain areas. Ialso know the weather in that part of the ocean can turn on a dime and much larger ships have been capsized around the Horn of Africa which is also heavily populated by great white sharks among other dangerous animals. Putting a sixteen year old girl in this type of environment all by herself is beyond reason and sanity.
I come from a sailing and boat background myself. My father would never do this all by himself.
Make her and her parents pay. If I were the French Captain, I would be one p’d off salty. She put herself into that position for the good on no one but herself and her selfish parents. Balloon boy on the high seas.
Why did she set off knowing she would be in the Indian Ocean during rough weather, instead of waiting out the season?
Her parents sent her off before she got too old to break a record :)
It was a foolish stunt...not an adventure.
I don’t buy the “Well teenagers just sit on the couch” argument either. She could do alot of sailing, enter races, go on day trips on the coast, instead of playing video games on the couch.
At very least, her parents should have had an insurance policy against rescue costs...if nobody would sell them a policy, well that says alot right there.
Obummer would approve - Redistribution of Wealth in a nutshell, or rice bowl.
Agree - she probably has more maturity than 90% of the naysayers -
She's experienced, capable and probably a lot nimbler than many out there sailing. Nimble is a dang good thing to be out there...
I agree with one of the posters at the webpage. The author seems to have something against Christains. I disagree with their decision to encourage Abby to do this but I admire them for their faith in God. Maybe once again we are being mislead by the media.
see by hanging around FR you have learned something
The Horn of Africa is the pointy bit to the right of Ethiopia. Abby was not near there. In fact she was not near anywhere
Note Fishing vessel Il de la Reunion was the closest vessel to Abby. Pirates go where the money is.
The Horn of Africa has many big merchant vessels carrying oil and cargo.
The south Indian has a few fishing vessels carrying fish, and fisheries patrol vessels carrying guns
I don’t have a problem with their unwavering faith in God. But I think they are mistaken when they assume God would sanction an endeavor like this. Christainity is promoting Christ and doing things that would glorify Him. I don’t see where this action which I would call selfserving, has anything to do with promoting the Word of God.
If you HAVE a teen age daughter, do you let her drive - out there on the highway where there are several thousand killed each year - and HUNDREDS of thousands injured?
Exactly, If she set sail as a missionary to spread the Word, and they prayed about it and God gave the go ahead, that would be different because He would protect her no matter what she faced. My problem is it was a frivolous venture that had nothing to do with God.
your response to my post is so full of holes it hardly warrents recognition - I’ll just post this -
God may have helped save her life, but HE doesn’t protect us from making foolish decisions in the first place. That’s the way I see it.
Go Abby! Don't let the life-suckers keep you from safely pursuing your goals!!!!”
I was about to give up on freepers - really sad and - well, IGNORANT - posts here.
There's a lot of Freepers that must be keeping their teens safely confined to their homes - surely, they wouldn't be as irresponsible as to let them DRIVE out there on the highways...s/
How wonderful to know who God will and won't protect. Must be awesome to know God's mind.
So if she was a missionary, God would have kept her safe, "no matter what"?
Hmmm - What happened to these guys?
and countless other missionaries who have been slain while on missions?
What does her ‘born again’ status have to do with any of this?
If someone prays about a mission and get an answer from God saying He will protect them, then He will, plain and simple.
So are you saying, empirically, that the case of the missionaries I posted, plus the countless other missionaries that have lost their lives over the years - didn't pray for protection?
ARe you forgetting that Jesus prayed to have "this cup" passed from him? (But He knew God's contract with us a bit better - and added the caveat "They Will be done."
I STILL suspicion you may not have the last word on what God's will is - I notice you didn't offer an explanation on why so many missionaries have been killed - even tho they surely must pray for protection ad do their sponsoring churches.
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