(WOIO) - Good news from the California teen trying to sail solo around the world.
16-year-old Abby Sunderland has been found alive and well. She went missing after sending a distress signal from the Indian ocean.
A plane chartered to look for her has been in touch with her over radio.
"We're very happy to report that just after 4 o'clock this afternoon, the Quantas A-30 Airbus which was chartered to go and search for the yacht 'Wild Eyes' in the Southern Ocean has confirmed visual and radio contact with the vessel," said Mick Kinley of Australian Maritime Safety Authority. "Abby is safe and sound at this stage, she is well. As I said, the vessel has been dismasted, but otherwise it is sound. She reports it's not taking on water, so we're in a lot better place than we were early this morning."
"Now we move into a rescue phase where the nearest vessel, which is a fishing vessel, the Il de la Reunion, is around 24 hours away, she's making all speed to the site of the vessel, and we're hoping that they'll be in a position to affect a rescue tomorrow," Kinley added.