The aptly named French fishing vessel Ile de la Reunion has plucked Abby Sunderland from her damaged sailboat in the Indian Ocean, RadarOnline.com has learned.
“We had a great answer to our prayers today,” Abby’s dad Laurence Sunderland told reporters outside his home Saturday, a day after she was spotted by a search plane.
Abby, 16, was attempting an around-the-world solo voyage when 25 ft. waves knocked her 40-ft. sailboat out of commission. “One long wave and one short mast,” was the way Abby explained what happened on her blog.
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She’ll be calling the French ship her home for the next week. That’s how long it will take them to make land. They’re headed to an island called Reunion — it’s a French possession — off the African coast.