BREAKING NEWS: A search-and-rescue effort is underway for Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old sailor trying to become the youngest to solo circumnavigate the globe. According to stories in multiple news outlets, the teenager’s EPIRB beacon was triggered at about 6 AM this morning.

Sunderland had reportedly been suffering engine problems this morning while in the Indian Ocean.

Stay tuned for more details from my fellow BoaterMouth sailing bloggers Kimball Livingston and Charles Doane.