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Prayer Request for 16 Year Old Solo Sailor Abby Sunderland — Feared Lost at Sea

Abby Sunderland (Photo: Jeff Ayliffe)

A California family is seeking urgent prayers for their sixteen year old daughter, feared lost at sea. The Sunderland family is asking for prayers to be lifted up for their daughter, Abby, a high-school junior from Thousand Oaks, California who is circumnavigating the world in her 40-foot sailboat, Wild Eyes. This morning at 6 A.M. Pacific Time Abby manually activated two emergency beacons (EPIRB).

Laurence and Marianne Sunderland, Abby’s parents, wrote in Abby’s blog this afternoon that they were speaking with Abby earlier this morning over a patchy satellite phone.

They had just assisted her in getting her motor started when the communication dropped. As Team Abby waited for her to call back the American Search & Rescue authorities called them to report an activated signal from their daughter’s EPIRB.

The Sunderlands wrote on the Abby’s Blog that they had learned Abby had been through a very rough day with winds up to 60 knots and seas 20-25 feet. She had been knocked down several times but was handling things well.

The winds had slowed down to 35 knots which they said is a condition with which Abby and Wild Eyes are quite comfortable. A knock down is when the sailboat is heeled over close to 90 degrees and its mast is almost level with the surface of the water.

The 16 year old has been met with several challenges along her voyage, which so far has been fairly low risk.

In her last blog on June 9, 2010, Abby wrote that her “last few days have pretty busy” and she has been experiencing some rough weather with “winds steady at 40-45 knots with higher gusts.”

The solo sailor said that conditions were getting lighter, was looking forward to a nice day, and a chance to patch everything up. She wrote, “Wild Eyes was great through everything, but after a day with over 50 knots at times, I had quite a bit of work to do.”

Abby’s Blog is located at: http://soloround.blogspot.com/ and her parents will be updating information as they receive it.


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Tony Ashlin (shown with dog) is a Christian radio producer, eRumor investigator for www.truthorfiction.com and a sailor who volunteers his spare time as a recreational boating safety educator for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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