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Search is on for teen sailor Abby Sunderland

June 10, 2010 | 11:23 am


Abby Sunderland

According to her family, Abby sailed into a storm in the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday, and they lost contact with her. She apparently set off emergency-beacon locating devices on her boat.

Authorities have launched a search for her.

"Everything seemed to be under control," Laurence Sunderland, her father, told outdoor sports blogger Pete Thomas.  "But then our call dropped, and an hour later the Coast Guard called."

Sunderland, whose older brother, Zac, sailed solo around the world in 13 months while making several stops, left Marina del Rey on Jan. 23. By late March, she had navigated one of the most challenging and dangerous portions of her trip, rounding Cape Horn between the tip of South America and the Antarctic peninsula.

After making that passage, she told The Times, "It's the milestone I've been waiting for. It's pretty much the hardest part of my trip, and now it's over so it's really great being here."

-- Shelby Grad and My-Thuan Tran

Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times