8 Years After A Girl Was Pulled From The Ocean, Her Abandoned Boat Was Finally Discovered

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Image: South Australian Police Media via The Guardian

Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland set out to sail around the world in 2010. However, while a successful voyage would have made her the youngest person ever to achieve this feat, Mother Nature had other plans. After the teenage sailor’s yacht was irreparably damaged during a storm, she found herself adrift in the ocean. And although the authorities located Sunderland relatively quickly, it would take eight years for them to recover her abandoned boat.

Image: Facebook/Abby Sunderland

Sunderland had plenty of inspiration for her proposed trip to circumnavigate the world in her yacht. The then-teenager’s older brother, Zac, was the first person under 18 ever to have made the journey – a feat that he completed on July 16, 2009. And the Sunderland family – helmed by parents Marianne and Laurence – spent lots of time sailing together too.

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Image: Abby’s Blog

In fact, Abby’s father gave her some tough lessons to prepare her for her own around-the-world journey – a plan that she had come up with when she was just 13. He described one of their training days to ABC News. “It was a particularly rough day,” Laurence recalled. “Her boat was rocking from gunnel to gunnel.”

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