Ladies and Gentlemen,
Abby Sunderland, the very brave 16 year old California girl who was attempting to circumnavigate the world solo in her sailboat, Wild Eyes, has got into some trouble. Her present location was 2000 miles east of Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, when at 5 am Thursday California time her family lost satellite phone contact with her and an hour later she manually activated 2 emergency satellite alarm systems, one of which is on her boat and the other on her, either in a life raft or on her.
From her last contact, she was battling very harsh conditions, 30foot waves and 60 knot winds. At this time of year in the Southern Ocean, you can even expect 100 knot winds. It is not known if she was washed overboard, whether her boat has turned turtle or whether she is in a life raft.
Qantas of Australia has agreed to fly an aircraft over the location and several boats nearby have been diverted to her location but it will take 40 to 48 hours for the nearest boats to get to her. The sea water temperature is between 50 to 55 Fahrenheit, not warm but warm enough to keep her alive.
You could go to www.abbysunderland.com/ and soloround.blogspot.com/ as well as all news agencies who are keeping up this story.
My bet is that she is fine. A very brave girl indeed.
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