Abby Sunderland dismasted in Southern Ocean

Excellent news! An Australian search plane launched from Perth early today has located and established contact with Abby. As you can see in this photo, the rig on Wild Eyes is down, but the hull is afloat and upright, and Abby reports she is uninjured. A French fishing vessel is expected to reach the scene at about 0730 UTC tomorrow.

Abby's father has reportedly announced that Abby will not be continuing her record attempt.

One would think this would go without saying, but with parents like this, you never know. I could spout off at length on this subject, but now, obviously, is not the time.

BoaterMouth link: here