THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - The parents of teen sailor Abby Sunderland say she's healthy and was able to joke with her family in a phone call after being rescued from her crippled sailboat adrift in the Indian Ocean.
Marianne and Laurence Sunderland told reporters outside their Thousand Oaks, Calif., home on Saturday that they talked to their 16-year-old daughter for 20 minutes Saturday morning. They say she may have some bruises and sounded tired and relieved to be rescued, but is otherwise OK.
Abby Sunderland was rescued Saturday by a French fishing vessel more than 2,000 miles from the western Australian coast. She set off her emergency beacons two days earlier after a wave broke her boat's mast.
The teenager was trying to complete a solo sail around the world despite having given up a quest to become the youngest person to complete a circumnavigation alone and nonstop.
On her blog, describes her three days adrift on the Indian Ocean as "crazy." Sunderland didn't give details of her experience in the blog post, but says she's still dealing with the reality of losing her boat, which is still adrift.
She sums up the problem: "one long wave, and one short mast."