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French fishing boat rescues stranded Calif. teen (French captain fell into ocean during rescue)
Associated Press ^ | 6/12/10 | THOMAS WATKINS

Posted on 06/12/2010 7:04:01 AM PDT by jimbo123

A French fishing vessel rescued a California teenager Saturday from her crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean, bringing relief to her family but ending her around-the-world sailing effort.

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French authorities called it a "delicate operation" and at one point the fishing boat's captain fell into the ocean. "He was fished out in difficult conditions" and is in good health, said a statement from the French territory of Reunion Island.

Laurence Sunderland said the crew used its dinghy to retrieve his daughter. "We are just ecstatic that she is alive and well and survived the ordeal."

1 posted on 06/12/2010 7:04:01 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Looking on the bright side, neither Indian nor US taxpayers had to finance an expensive rescue operation for this child, whose parents should lose custody of her immediately for letting her put her life in danger.


2 posted on 06/12/2010 7:06:33 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

I’ll bet she tries again. She was trying to break the record held by her brother. This is a family with more money than sense.


3 posted on 06/12/2010 7:07:43 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: La Lydia

Oh please


4 posted on 06/12/2010 7:09:38 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: La Lydia

Yes government should be in charge of how you raise your kids.


5 posted on 06/12/2010 7:09:47 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I wonder therefore I wander.)
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To: La Lydia

The mother indicated that the effort was rushed because of the advertising sponsorship dollars. If her parent had delayed the trip to the spring, Abby would have been too old to win any type of sailing record. There was no interest from the sponsors if she had turned 17 before the trip ended.


6 posted on 06/12/2010 7:09:56 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: La Lydia
I agree. If only there were some sort of child protection authorities before those selfish pilgrims forced their kids on that rickety sailboat the Mayflower...

Selfish, selfish, selfish...

7 posted on 06/12/2010 7:11:06 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Christians: Stand for Christ or stand aside...)
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To: jimbo123

Well you can’t count on the Frogs to help in a fight, but if there’s a cute 16 year old damsel in distress in the middle of nowhere they’re right on it. I suppose that makes them good for something.

And I second the “more money than sense” thought but that’s life.


8 posted on 06/12/2010 7:11:23 AM PDT by Felis_irritable (Fool me once, I'll punch you in the...er, something or other...)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

They are a poor family. They have 7 kids and the mom is pregnant with their 8th. The money for the trips have come from advertising sponsors. They do not have a lot of money and they do have a lot of mouths to feed.


9 posted on 06/12/2010 7:11:31 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Pearls Before Swine

She can’t break the record now because she would be too old.


10 posted on 06/12/2010 7:11:48 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Yeah, at least Columbus borrowed the money before he went off and did something this stupid...


11 posted on 06/12/2010 7:12:13 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Christians: Stand for Christ or stand aside...)
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To: jimbo123

And there we have it folks it was all about the advertizers and MONEY!


12 posted on 06/12/2010 7:12:40 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ThomasThomas; La Lydia

When your an imbecile, yes.


13 posted on 06/12/2010 7:13:27 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

The ship was abandoned, too. And now she’s too old for her advertising sponsors to buy her a new one.

Her mom is pregnant with her 8th kid so they can try this stunt again in a few years with a different kid.


14 posted on 06/12/2010 7:15:12 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
[Insert your own remark about Laurence Sunderland here.]

There, I didn't say it.

15 posted on 06/12/2010 7:15:45 AM PDT by OKSooner ("I can see September from my house.")
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To: Ditter

Her mom herself said it was about the advertisers and the money and Abby’s age that drove the rushed timing of this stunt.

In January, her mom had major concerns about sailing in the winter, but that the sponsors said they wouldn’t provide the funding if she was 17.


16 posted on 06/12/2010 7:17:41 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
They are a poor family. They have 7 kids and the mom is pregnant with their 8th. The money for the trips have come from advertising sponsors. They do not have a lot of money and they do have a lot of mouths to feed.

Really? You aren't pulling my leg?

If you're correct, this is a bit like the reality show wannabee family who claimed their kid had gone off in that balloon.

It would take a special kind of entrepreneurial con talent to do what you're saying they've done. I guess I'd have to respect that, in a weird sort of way.

17 posted on 06/12/2010 7:18:05 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: traderrob6

If she is too old to break the record it will be interesting to see if she pursues this. If it is something she really wanted to do then she will. If it is only about the record and fame then she won’t.


18 posted on 06/12/2010 7:19:18 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Her brother doesn’t hold the record. An Aussie girl just did it and there’s no way Abby would complete her trip in time.

This trip wasn’t going to qualify her any way. She had to stop in Cape Town.


19 posted on 06/12/2010 7:19:27 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: jimbo123
“.. the sponsors said they wouldn’t provide the funding if she was 17.”

who are the advertisers (sponsors)??

20 posted on 06/12/2010 7:23:51 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Her mother will go into labor soon and both her monther and father will not be able to meet their daughter when she finally arrives on land.

And yes, it’s her 8th kid.

Just like Octomom and Kate Gosselin.


21 posted on 06/12/2010 7:25:01 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: elpadre

The sponsors of this debacle:

http://www.shoecity.com
http://www.ssaquafriends.com
http://www.kptmovies.com
http://www.ukhalsey.com/
http://www.mountainhouse.com/
http://www.satwest.com/
http://www.thrane.com/
http://www.wrapsbyrich.com/
http://www.vespermarine.com/
http://www.bayoumarine.com/
http://www.navionics.com/
http://www.bilgalarm.com/
http://www.goprocamera.com/
http://www.micro-mono.com/
http://www.oakley.com/
http://www.soleousa.com/
http://www.samys.com/
http://www.organicfoodbar.com/
http://www.patagonia.com/
http://www.navitasnaturals.com/
http://www.twomomsintheraw.com/
http://www.sproutliving.com/
http://www.e3live.com/
http://www.essentiallivingfoods.com/
http://www.superseaveg.com/
http://www.capegrace.com/
http://www.environ.co.za/
http://www.farmasea.com/
http://www.natenal.com/


22 posted on 06/12/2010 7:26:23 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: GatorGirl

With an acknowledged nod toward insensitivity, perhaps her death might have stopped others from doing something this stupid. I don’t think the govt. should take her away from her parents and I really did not want her to die. Let’s just hope her parents will realize that this was foolhardy at best. She had no business doing this stunt at her age. In fact, attempting to sail around the world is dangerous at any age. Nature has a way of showing people they have no business doing this type of things. She’s alive, thank God there was a ship nearby and thank God no one died during the rescue. Perhaps sponsors will come to their senses some day.........nah...


23 posted on 06/12/2010 7:29:48 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: jimbo123
They are a poor family.

Yes, I remember growing up near the ocean and frolicking on the high seas with other poor families in boats like this one:

/sarchasim

24 posted on 06/12/2010 7:30:30 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Michael.SF.

LOL.


25 posted on 06/12/2010 7:33:23 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: jimbo123

wow! - that is a lot - thanks


26 posted on 06/12/2010 7:36:09 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: jimbo123

wow! - that is a lot - thanks


27 posted on 06/12/2010 7:37:34 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Hope she repeats the attempt before she breeds, that’s a line that needs a littls Darwinian assistance.


28 posted on 06/12/2010 7:37:48 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: La Lydia
I feel very badly for the family of the fisherman who had be rescued during HER rescue. What a selfish, self-serving family she comes from, poor girl.

I think she should be put into child protective custody and given therapy, what a peculiar set of parents this poor child has.

29 posted on 06/12/2010 7:38:19 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Michael.SF.

Yeah, that and the claims she was experienced. You either need connections or money to gain the experience needed for ocean sailing like this.

Even though she didn’t make it I’m pretty impressed, that’s an interesting 16 yr old, at least not butt sitting and wasting life away on mindless computer games and endless chats with others wasting their lives away.


30 posted on 06/12/2010 7:38:46 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Michael.SF.
Wild Eyes was purchased with borrowed money financed by the advertising sponsorship commitments less than a year ago. Abby only "owned" the boat since October 19th of last year after the majority of the advertising commitments had been secured.
31 posted on 06/12/2010 7:39:52 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: ThomasThomas
government should be in charge of how you raise your kids.

But only a conservative nanny state government, not a liberal nanny state government.

32 posted on 06/12/2010 7:40:41 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: La Lydia
Looking on the bright side, neither Indian nor US taxpayers had to finance an expensive rescue operation for this child, whose parents should lose custody of her immediately for letting her put her life in danger.

And how is that any different from handing her a set of car keys?

33 posted on 06/12/2010 7:42:19 AM PDT by fso301
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To: jimbo123

>> The ship was abandoned, too. <<

Somebody doesn’t know the difference between a ship and a boat.


34 posted on 06/12/2010 7:42:37 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: hennie pennie

The mother and father have 5 other kids (besides Zac and Abby) and a baby on the way any day now. So don’t be surprised if Octomom and Octodad try to pull the same stunt with the younger ones in time.


35 posted on 06/12/2010 7:43:52 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I’m not sure I’m understanding what the problem is? People climb mountains, explore, fly planes, sail boats around the world, become test flights, go into space. Chances are taken - individuals who have freedom can make these choices - slaves cannot. A generation ago, 16 years old was old enough to lie about your age and join the military - to take your chances to fight for your country. I have not heard this girl complain about anything - she is chasing her dream, willing to pay the price. Isn’t that what individual freedom is all about? Don’t understand the backlash on Free Republic?


36 posted on 06/12/2010 7:44:01 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: dynoman

I guess the fellow that fell in the ocean rescuing her wishes she was home playing video games


37 posted on 06/12/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: Hawthorn

boat. soon to be ex-boat.


38 posted on 06/12/2010 7:45:25 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: ejonesie22
If only there were some sort of child protection authorities before those selfish pilgrims forced their kids on that rickety sailboat the Mayflower...

Really? This kid was off discovering new lands and not selfishly trying to simply set a personal record?

39 posted on 06/12/2010 7:45:53 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: ejonesie22
You win the most ignorant comparison of the century award.
40 posted on 06/12/2010 7:46:20 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: jimbo123
She has been sailing since she was 13 years old and her older brother before then. It is highly unlikely that the family have sponsors back then.

Sailing is an expensive hobby.

They may not be independently wealthy, but they are not "poor".

41 posted on 06/12/2010 7:46:20 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: rigelkentaurus
America is dying, mediocrity has even hit what was once the bold.
42 posted on 06/12/2010 7:47:12 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Christians: Stand for Christ or stand aside...)
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To: GatorGirl
Indeed...

Which is all the MORE reason her parents should have insisted that she winter over in the So. African port -

....since she started out over two months later than first planned - thus posing great danger from storms in southern latitudes.

43 posted on 06/12/2010 7:47:49 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (uestion)
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To: org.whodat

How, please explain.

(This should be good.)


44 posted on 06/12/2010 7:48:05 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Christians: Stand for Christ or stand aside...)
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To: All
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic," Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Who are you? It's kind of pathetic for us to butt sit at computer screens and criticise someone like this girl for doing something more than butt sitting at a computer screen. Society needs more young people exactly like this.

45 posted on 06/12/2010 7:48:25 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: ejonesie22

No kidding.


46 posted on 06/12/2010 7:49:44 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: org.whodat

LOL - at the very least it’s “tie”....


47 posted on 06/12/2010 7:50:41 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (uestion)
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To: rigelkentaurus
Her parents could have put her in the boat removed all of the radio equipment and said we will see you when you get back. No problem!! It's the commercial BS, which is really a violation of child labor laws, with the end run of putting the cost off other people when things go wrong.
48 posted on 06/12/2010 7:50:41 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: ejonesie22

Sending your kid, who doesn’t know any better, in a little boat, into hurricane force winds is tantamount to having them play on a freeway. Not bold, stupid.


49 posted on 06/12/2010 7:51:29 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: AndyJackson

Hmmm, What would a conservative nanny state government do?

Last year a woman died of water intoxication in a “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest. of water intoxication

Given the choice how would you want to die?


50 posted on 06/12/2010 7:51:56 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I wonder therefore I wander.)
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