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Abby Sunderland returns home to Thousand Oaks

June 28, 2010 | 10:40 pm
Abby Sunderland Teen sailor Abby Sunderland, who was rescued when her 40-foot sailboat was stranded amid high seas while attempting a solo around-the-world voyage, returned Monday night to her Thousand Oaks home.

KTLA news cameras captured footage of the 16-year-old returning to her home.

Sunderland’s 40-foot vessel Wild Eyes was battered by high seas and heavy winds in the Indian Ocean on June 10. She triggered several emergency beacons and drifted for two days before being rescued by the French fishing vessel Ile de la Reunion.

She was later transferred to the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris, headed for Reunion Island, said Stacey Kinnane, a search-and-rescue officer at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which coordinated the rescue.

Sunderland is scheduled to speak to the media Tuesday, according to her blog.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Abby Sunderland. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times