Teenage sailor Abby Sunderland reunited with brother

Sailor Abby Sunderland: "I enjoyed almost every minute"

Related Stories

US teenage sailor Abby Sunderland has arrived on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion after being rescued while trying to sail around the world.

The 16-year-old from California was reunited with her brother and said she planned to continue sailing.

The accident, she said, had ended her trip but not her dream.

Her mast broke when she was caught in 30ft (9m) waves in the southern Indian Ocean on 10 June. She was picked up by a French fishing boat two days later.

Ms Sunderland began her journey in January from California.

Map of rescue location

She was attempting to beat the record set by her brother, Zac, who sailed solo around the world in 2009 at the age of 17.

Ms Sunderland gave a short news conference when she arrived on Reunion.

"Any sailor that goes out to the water knows that being hit by a rogue wave is a risk, no matter where you are," she said.

"You can't eliminate risk, you can do a lot to minimise it but it's always there."

Her family has rejected criticism of the decision to allow her to make the attempt, saying she was prepared and mentally well equipped to deal with the challenge.

It is the middle of winter in the southern Indian Ocean, and weather conditions are currently at their most treacherous.

Her rescue was co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which sent a search plane out to spot her boat.

From Reunion, her family say she will travel back to Los Angeles.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More US & Canada stories



Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.