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Sweet Jesus: 16-Year-Old Girl Attempting To Circumnavigate Globe Feared Lost At Sea

At approximately 6:00 a.m. PST this morning, two emergency beacons on Abby Sunderland’s boat were manually activated by the 16-year-old girl after her 40-foot boat encountered 20-25 foot waves and 35-knot winds knocked her down twice. Her boat is equipped with a beacon that will go off automatically if it contacts water has not been activated, but the nearest ship is located nearly 400 miles away.

Sunderland is attempting to become the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe solo.

Via ABC News:

[Engineer on Sunderland’s support team Jeff] Casher told ABC News that he last spoke with the 16-year-old sailor around 6 a.m. PDT after she had been knocked down twice during the night because of strong winds — meaning that her sail had touched the water.

One of those knock-downs, Casher said, ripped the radar off the boat. She had been speaking with Casher on a satellite telephone earlier because of engine problems and was in the process of fixing those problems when she told Casher she’d call right back.

She has not been heard from since, except for the distress signals.

Sweet Christ. That is just horrible news. Let’s hope for the best for this brave young lady who has more courage in her pinky finger than I have in my entire body and that she is heard from soon.

Abby Sunderland Feared Lost at Sea [ABC News]