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Emergency Rescue Effort is Launched for Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland (16 years Old and Alone)
Grind TV ^ | 6/10/2010 | Grind TV

Posted on 06/10/2010 12:08:52 PM PDT by Dallas59



A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning.

Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds Thursday before conditions briefly abated.

However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Australian Coast Guard that both of Sunderland's EPIRB satellite devices had been activated.

One is apparently is attached to a survival suit or a life raft and meant to be used when a person is in the water or aboard a life raft.

Abby's father struggled with emotions and said he didn't know if his daughter was in a life raft or aboard the boat, or whether the boat was upside down.

"Everything seemed to be under control," Laurence Sunderland said. "But then our call dropped and a hour later the Coast Guard called."

Abby is hundreds of miles from land. The nearest ship was about 400 miles away. The rescue effort is being coordinated by the French-controlled Reunion Islands and Australia. Sunderland had been sailing in 50- to 60-foot seas and it was dark when the EPIRB devices were activated.

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KEYWORDS: lost; missing; ocean; rescue; sail; sailing; world
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1 posted on 06/10/2010 12:08:53 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

May God protect her!


2 posted on 06/10/2010 12:10:41 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (All hail "Princess Obama" http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2531677/posts)
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To: kosciusko51

Pretty girl. I would hate to ber her parents now.


3 posted on 06/10/2010 12:11:57 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Dallas59

How close is she getting to pirate territory?


4 posted on 06/10/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: Dallas59

Is this the girl that the courts were trying to keep from doing this stunt?


5 posted on 06/10/2010 12:12:36 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Dallas59

see also:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2531872/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2531917/posts


6 posted on 06/10/2010 12:12:45 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: Ingtar

With 60 knot winds, you don’t need pirates.

She had a good reception in Australia a while back. Hope she gets through this.


7 posted on 06/10/2010 12:13:51 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: kosciusko51

Amen, but how responsible is it to allow a 16 year old out on this kind of endeavor, no matter how accomplished she is?


8 posted on 06/10/2010 12:13:57 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: cajungirl
Yeah, especially since they were the ones who ok’d the trip and thought that the idea was just fine and dandy.
9 posted on 06/10/2010 12:14:27 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Dallas59

Sixteen years old? And they let her try this without backup — a chase boat, something?

I hope the poor girl lives through this. Her parents should be horsewhipped.


10 posted on 06/10/2010 12:15:46 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (March 2010: Congress shoved Obamacare down our throats. November 2010: We will shove it back!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Apparently the story is hot. I’d never let my 16 yo pull a stunt like this no matter how mature they were.


11 posted on 06/10/2010 12:16:00 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: JPG

This stuff is great when it works out for that Aussie girl but when things go wrong it is not pretty. This is highly dangerous for an experienced adult.

I hope she is okay but you have to question the parents allowing her to do this.


12 posted on 06/10/2010 12:17:22 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: bigbob

From the Navy Hymn, verse 1:
Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid’st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea

Based on no information but her previous seamanship skills, I think she will come thru this and be rescued.


13 posted on 06/10/2010 12:19:46 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (I will find a way or make a way.)
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To: Frantzie

I hate to think this but the parents were maybe trying to use her as a meal ticket. First 16 year old girl goes around the world: the book, on talk shows, the lifetime movie, the product endorsements.
sad but you never know could be why they let her do it


14 posted on 06/10/2010 12:20:26 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Dallas59

I hate to think this but the parents were maybe trying to use her as a meal ticket. First 16 year old girl goes around the world: the book, on talk shows, the lifetime movie, the product endorsements.
sad but you never know could be why they let her do it


15 posted on 06/10/2010 12:20:42 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I hate to think this but the parents were maybe trying to use her as a meal ticket. First 16 year old girl goes around the world: the book, on talk shows, the lifetime movie, the product endorsements.
sad but you never know could be why they let her do it


16 posted on 06/10/2010 12:20:55 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Frantzie
Basically two outcomes here...great fame and fortune or death. 16 year-olds have no business being in that arena.
17 posted on 06/10/2010 12:22:47 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: Dallas59

60 foot seas, singlehanded with no rest for hours or days in the southern ocean

then along comes a rogue wave

hopefully she is in a raft and will hold out until they find her


18 posted on 06/10/2010 12:23:01 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every time history repeats itself the price goes up)
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To: Frantzie

Exactly true, I thought that when the sailor girl was welcomed like a heroine in Australia.

I was happy for her, because she was happy, and it was a big accomplishment. But I thought, what if she had drowned? She is not yet an adult.

If an adult decides to sail around the world, he or she is taking on the risk for themselves.

I don’t think 16 year olds should be allowed to do that.

Some feel we make nittering nannys of children by saying, “no.” Well, perhaps. But I just think they can wait until they are 18.

Furthermore, now that a 16 year old has the title, a 15 year old is going to try, and so on.


19 posted on 06/10/2010 12:23:36 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: DM1

I believe she was already beaten by another 16 year old girl last year.


20 posted on 06/10/2010 12:24:24 PM PDT by Politicalmom (A racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.-FReeper Freespirited)
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To: Politicalmom

i thought that one was barred from going? not sure mind you but i thought that is what made the headlines


21 posted on 06/10/2010 12:25:09 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Dallas59


Abby Sunderland Sets Sail Video

22 posted on 06/10/2010 12:28:12 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: All

What happened to the 13 year old that wanted to do that, or is this her?


23 posted on 06/10/2010 12:28:44 PM PDT by jackibutterfly ( Palin is so under obama's skin, he hears 'Hail to the Chief' when he sees her.)
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To: DM1

Her brother did it when he was 17.

And an Aussie girl just completed her journey at 16 a few months ago.

Abby would have been the youngest by a few months. But she would not have been the only teenager to do this.


24 posted on 06/10/2010 12:28:59 PM PDT by jerry557
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To: Dallas59

Godspeed, kiddo.


25 posted on 06/10/2010 12:29:32 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (we shall overcome a generation of affirmative action.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
She had a good reception in Australia a while back. Hope she gets through this.

You have Abby mixed up with Jessica Watson, the 16 year old Australian girl who successfully completed her solo around the world trip by sailing into Sydney Harbor in May.

Abby was on her way to Australia from South Africa this past week.

26 posted on 06/10/2010 12:29:39 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: DM1

The Indian Ocean and anywhere near the tip of Africa are dangerous. They are all dangerous. I do not care how good a sailor she is. Man, woman, child - whatever. One mistake and the ocean will kill you and even no mistakes and it will get you.


27 posted on 06/10/2010 12:29:55 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: buccaneer81

“Abby was on her way to Australia from South Africa this past week.”

Not a good place. Very dangerous.


28 posted on 06/10/2010 12:34:08 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: rcrngroup
ping

Navy Hymn

29 posted on 06/10/2010 12:35:19 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Dallas59

Mums and daddums should be dragged from their home and horse-whipped.


30 posted on 06/10/2010 12:37:44 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: DM1

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31 posted on 06/10/2010 12:39:14 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Dallas59

Where can we find current Search and Rescue (SAR) about her? Any one know where the Rescue Coordination Center is working this case?


32 posted on 06/10/2010 12:43:07 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (I will find a way or make a way.)
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To: DM1
I hate to think this but the parents were maybe trying to use her as a meal ticket. First 16 year old girl goes around the world: the book, on talk shows, the lifetime movie, the product endorsements. sad but you never know could be why they let her do it

Sadly, if she is lost, they can still do that.

33 posted on 06/10/2010 12:43:28 PM PDT by donna (We live in this fog of political correctness, where everything is perpetual deception.-John Hagee)
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To: DM1

Oh, what if this was planned?


34 posted on 06/10/2010 12:44:40 PM PDT by donna (We live in this fog of political correctness, where everything is perpetual deception.-John Hagee)
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Update:

California teen girl in trouble on solo world sail
By JOHN ANTCZAK (AP) – 51 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES — A 16-year-old Southern California girl attempting a solo sail around the world was feared in trouble Thursday in the frigid, heaving southern Indian Ocean after her emergency beacons began signaling and communication was lost.

Abby Sunderland’s family was talking with U.S. and international governments about organizing a search of the remote ocean between southern Africa and Australia, family spokesman Christian Pinkston said.

Conditions can quickly become perilous for any sailor exposed to the elements in that part of the world.
“We’ve got to get a plane out there quick,” said Pinkston, who was in close contact with Sunderland’s family in Thousand Oaks.

“They are exhausting every resource to try to mobilize an air rescue including discussions with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and various international rescue organizations,” he said.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNcCJg-kSyZBjLhEB3fRtcYzaQOgD9G8JCQO0


35 posted on 06/10/2010 12:57:00 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Dallas59
The timing of Abby's trip was criticized by some because it was going to place her in the middle of the Indian Ocean when the stormy Southern Hemisphere winter was at hand.

Yep.

36 posted on 06/10/2010 12:59:09 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: jerry557

It seems to me there was a boy who did it when he was a teenager back when I was also a teen, about 35 years ago. His story was in National Geographic. Or do I have false memory syndrome?


37 posted on 06/10/2010 1:00:44 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Could not imagine circumnavigating the globe alone. When I fly over it, it looks enormous.....would never want to be alone in a boat in the middle of it.


38 posted on 06/10/2010 1:07:06 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Anti-Gunners suffer from Factose Intolerance)
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To: stayathomemom

Robin Lee Graham in 1965, at the age of 16, left on a five year round the world trip on the Dove.


39 posted on 06/10/2010 1:10:35 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: stayathomemom
No. Remember reading those too.

Adventure = Bad things happening to someone else 1000 miles away.

40 posted on 06/10/2010 1:10:50 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: Ingtar
From the limited info in these reports it would appear that she was going west to east and down into the 40’s (degrees south) to catch the winds down there.
41 posted on 06/10/2010 1:14:26 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

With 60 knot winds, you don’t need pirates.

^^^
Amen.


42 posted on 06/10/2010 1:14:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: bigbob

...how responsible is it to allow a 16 year old out on this kind of endeavor, no matter how accomplished she is?

&&&
She knew what she was doing. She’s sixteen not 6.


43 posted on 06/10/2010 1:16:04 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Her parents should be horsewhipped.

&&
Why? She was pursuing a dream.


44 posted on 06/10/2010 1:17:05 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Frantzie

We need to let our young people see what they are made of. This kind of trip is not for everyone — I would never attempt it in a million years — but some people just feel compelled to do this sort of daredevil stuff.


45 posted on 06/10/2010 1:19:25 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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Update from Abby’s Parents

http://soloround.blogspot.com/

We spoke with Abby early this morning and learned that she had had a very rough day with winds up to 60 knots and seas 20-25 feet. She had been knocked down several times but was handling things well. The wind had subsided to around 35 knots which she and Wild Eyes are quite comfortable with.

We were helping her troubleshoot her engine that she was trying to start to charge her systems. Satellite phone reception was patchy. She was able to get the water out of the engine and start her up. We were waiting to hear back from her when American Search & Rescue authorities called to report having received a signal from her emergency beacon (EPIRB). We initially thought that the signal was sent automatically from her water-activated EPIRB and that it had been activated during one of her knockdowns. As we pulled the paperwork from her EPIRB registration, we learned that the signal had come from her manually activated EPIRB.

We were referred to Australian Search & Rescue and while we were on the phone with them another signal came in from her handheld PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). Her water-activated EPIRB has not been activated so we are hopeful that the boat is still upright.

We are working closely with American, French and Australian Search & Rescue authorities to coordinate several ships in the area to divert to her location. There are several ships in her area, the earliest possible contact is 40 hours. We are actively seeking out some sort of air rescue but this is difficult due to the remoteness of her location. Australian Search & Rescue have arranged to have a Quantas Airbus fly over her location at first light (she is 11 hours later). They will not be able to help her other than to talk via marine radio if they are able to get close enough. Hopefully, they will be able to assess her situation and report back to us.

Abby has all of the equipment on board to survive a crisis situation like this. She has a dry suit, survival suit, life raft, and ditch bag with emergency supplies. If she can keep warm and hang on, help will be there as soon as possible. Wild Eyes is designed for travel in the Southern Ocean and is equipped with 5 air-tight bulkheads to keep her buoyant in the event of major hull damage. It is built to Category 0 standards and is designed to self-right in the event of capsize.

Thank you for all of your kind emails and calls. We appreciate your prayers and support.

We will update as soon as there is some news.

Laurence, Marianne and Team Abby


46 posted on 06/10/2010 1:19:40 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Ingtar

How close is she getting to pirate territory?


At this point, she would be lucky if pirates found her.

She is literally in the middle of nowhere!


47 posted on 06/10/2010 1:23:39 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: fireforeffect

...she was going west to east and down into the 40’s....

&&&
The Roaring Forties....


48 posted on 06/10/2010 1:25:02 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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Why? She was pursuing a dream.

My 1 yearold's dream seems to be to climb up the couch and fall off the back. Fortunately I am enough of a parent to stop her. "Mature 16 yearold" is an oxymoron.
49 posted on 06/10/2010 1:25:14 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: jimbo123
I just read that post too. I am not a mariner at all but since the water activated EPIRB is not on and her Personal Locator Beacon and Manual EPIRB are on it seems to me she got knocked off her boat by a rogue wave.
50 posted on 06/10/2010 1:26:12 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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