Abby Sunderland found 'safe' in Indian Ocean
June 11, 2010
TEEN solo sailor Abby Sunderland has been located alive in the Indian Ocean, after fears were raised when she encountered extremely rough weather early today.
"She's fine, the boat's afloat and she's on it,'' Laurence Sutherland told Australian ABC Radio.
"It's huge, fantastic, exciting news.''
“She wasn’t rattled by the abating conditions that she had during her daytime,” he said.
“Everything seemed to be fine but the calls were dropping in and out."
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) said their search aircraft located the young American about 4.20pm (AEST).
A spokesman said she appeared "fit and well'' and the search aircraft had made VHF radio contact with her.
A rescue vessel is being sent to her, but it is not expected to reach the site till Saturday.
ASMA will hold a press conference in Canberra shortly.
Abby had activated two emergency beacons early this morning (AEST), barely minutes after telling her parents about fierce weather conditions off Australia's west coast.
A Qantas plane was sent to search the area, about 3700km off the coast of Western Australia.
Abby had been attempting to sail solo around the world and passed the halfway mark earlier in the week.
Australian teenager Jessica Watson successfully finished her trip last month.
Well done good find indeed, lucky girl.