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UPDATE: Searchers contact 16 year old lost at sea

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (WKOW) -- A 16-year-old girl who was feared lost at sea is alive and well.

A family spokesman says early Friday morning, searchers made contact with Abby Sunderland via radio.  The spokesman says Sunderland told them she was doing fine and had plenty of food.

He says the mast had broken off her disabled boat.

A fishing boat is on the way to pick her up.  It's expected to reach her sometime late Saturday or early Sunday.

Sunderland was attempting a solo sail around the world.


LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- A 16-year-old California girl attempting a solo sail around the world may be in trouble.

Emergency beacons began signaling in the Southern Indian Ocean overnight. That's where Abby Sunderland is feared to be. A search began for her somewhere between Africa and Australia.

Abby Sunderland set sail from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey on January 23. She is attempting to be the youngest person to sail around the world around without stopping.

Sunderland had to stop because of equipment problems and repairs in her journey so far. Her website says she left Cape Town, South Africa, on May 21 and on Monday reached her halfway point.

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