Grindtv – A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds Thursday before conditions briefly abated. However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Australian Coast Guard that both of Sunderland’s EPIRB satellite devices had been activated. Abby is hundreds of miles from land. The nearest ship was about 400 miles away. The rescue effort is being coordinated by the French-controlled Reunion Islands and Australia. The Sunderlands are asking people to pray for their daughter, a high-school junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Well you didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see this one coming. I mean 16 year old girls can barely drive to the Supermarket and back without getting lost or crashing nevermind sailing across the world alone. And while this is obviously sad I for one will not pray for her. I’m sorry but nobody put a gun to her head and forced her to do this. You know how you don’t die sailing across the world alone? You don’t sail across the world alone. Boom, problem solved. There is just too much bad shit happening in the world to people without rhyme or reason to waste god’s time with prayers for those who knowingly put themselves in danger like this.
PS – Thank god this didn’t happen in American waters. Because one of my biggest pet peeves in life is wasting tax payers dollars on daredevils. Don’t get me wrong, I hope she makes it, but it’s not society’s responsibility to save her. So if she dies she dies.