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California teen sailing solo is missing in Indian Ocean

Posted by 3citynewswire on 06/10/2010

Last known position in red

A 16-year-old California girl who is attempting to sail solo around the world triggered a distress signal during rough seas in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, her family said.

Sunderland’s small sailboat was last located “in the middle of nowhere,” about 2,000 miles east of Madagascar and 2,000 miles west of Australia, Pinkston said. Her emergency beacon was detected at 8 a.m. ET Thursday.

Sunderland began her journey from Marina del Rey, California, on January 23 with the goal of sailing her 40-foot boat around the world without stopping. Mechanical troubles forced her to make two stops for repairs, including at Cape Town, South Africa, in April.

She’s kept in touch with family and followers through a satellite telephone. Her website has published frequent blog updates, including one posted Wednesday.

“The last few days have pretty busy out here,” Sunderland wrote in her last blog entry. “I’ve been in some rough weather for awhile with winds steady at 40-45 knots with higher gusts. With that front passing, the conditions were lighter today.” The Australian coast guard and the Reunion Island government — a French island that is the closest land to her last position are involved in the search.


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