Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland Found Safe and Sound

Rescue teams have located the 16-year-old girl who was in danger at sea while competing to be the youngest to sail around the world.

We've been chewing our nails down to the quick with worry about 16-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland, who yesterday sent out emergency rescue signals after losing satellite phone contact in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Wonderful news this morning: A search plane was able to locate her earlier today, the L.A. Times reports. The crew spoke to her via radio and report that she's in good health, with a space heater and two weeks' worth of food. Heavy winds had broken her mast, which was dragging with her sail in the ocean, but the boat's keel, which provides the foundation for the boat and helps it stay upright, was intact.

Abby will still have to wait for the rescue boats to reach her, which may not happen until later tonight, but the good news is that she's safe. We're sending our thoughts and prayers to her and her family for a safe and happy reunion.

Anna Maltby

Anna Maltby is an award-winning journalist and editor and was most recently the executive editor of Elemental, Medium’s in-house health and wellness publication. She was previously the deputy editor at Real Simple magazine and a deputy editor at Refinery29, and also held staff positions at Men’s Health, Marie Claire, SELF, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health and Condé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O, Family Circle, Fitness, Redbook, Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, MensJournal.com, CondeNastTraveler.com, FastCompany.com_ _and Brides.com. She received her BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Anna is also an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer and functional training specialist, a certified prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, and a certified mat Pilates teacher. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and two tuxedo cats.