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Missing Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland “OK” After Rescue

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Abby Sunderland, the Thousand Oaks, California, teenager attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo, was located late Thursday. There was a fear she was missing at sea since she sent of a distress signal earlier in the day.

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“She was fine,” Abby’s mother MaryAnne Sunderland told CNN. “She is running her heater and keeping warm” and “seems to be in good spirits.”

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MaryAnne Sunderland said that a plane spotted her daughter’s ship in the Indian Ocean and subsequently found Abby about 2,000 miles southwest of Australia. According to the AP, a French rescue ship was en route to pick up Abby, who reportedly has food and water at her current whereabouts.

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Abby, 16, set sail January 23 from Marina del Rey, California. Her father Laurence Sunderland told Australian media that Abby’s trip is over and she will be returning home.

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