Skip to comments.French fishing boat rescues stranded Calif. teen (French captain fell into ocean during rescue)
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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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."
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.
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.
Yes government should be in charge of how you raise your kids.
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.
Selfish, selfish, selfish...
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.
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.
She can’t break the record now because she would be too old.
Yeah, at least Columbus borrowed the money before he went off and did something this stupid...
And there we have it folks it was all about the advertizers and MONEY!
When your an imbecile, yes.
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.
There, I didn't say it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
who are the advertisers (sponsors)??
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.
The sponsors of this debacle:
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...
Yes, I remember growing up near the ocean and frolicking on the high seas with other poor families in boats like this one:
wow! - that is a lot - thanks
wow! - that is a lot - thanks
Hope she repeats the attempt before she breeds, that’s a line that needs a littls Darwinian assistance.
I think she should be put into child protective custody and given therapy, what a peculiar set of parents this poor child has.
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.
But only a conservative nanny state government, not a liberal nanny state government.
And how is that any different from handing her a set of car keys?
>> The ship was abandoned, too. <<
Somebody doesn’t know the difference between a ship and a boat.
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.
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?
I guess the fellow that fell in the ocean rescuing her wishes she was home playing video games
boat. soon to be ex-boat.
Really? This kid was off discovering new lands and not selfishly trying to simply set a personal record?
Sailing is an expensive hobby.
They may not be independently wealthy, but they are not "poor".
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.
How, please explain.
(This should be good.)
"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.
LOL - at the very least it’s “tie”....
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.
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?