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Teen Sailor Rescued by French Fishing Vessel

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Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old Southern California sailor who was lost at sea during an around-the-world voyage has been rescued.

A French fishing vessel, “Ile de la Reunion,” picked up Sunderland 2,000 miles from the western coast of Australia and is transporting her back to land, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Sunderland had set sail from California in January in an attempt to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo without stopping. She lost communication when the mast on her yacht, “Wild Eyes,” broke during a storm, but was able to launch a distress beacon.

The boat was spotted by an aerial search team aboard a Qantas Airbus A330 search plane on Friday and her relieved parents reported that their daughter was “fine.”

“I had a pretty rough couple of days,” Sunderland wrote in a post on her blog after being resuced. “Just wanted to let every one know I am safe and sound . . . I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm.”

Despite the excellent news, Sunderland expressed regret about the loss of her ship. “[I am] still trying to get over the fact that I will never see my Wild Eyes again,” she wrote.