Reporting from Sydney, Australia — Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old solo sailor who ran into trouble in the middle of the Indian Ocean this week, has been rescued.
Sunderland was reported to be in good health after being plucked from her damaged vessel 2,000 nautical miles off western Australia by the crew of the French fishing ship the Ile De La Reunion at 7.45pm AEST.
The crew of the Ile De La Reunion, a considerably larger vessel than Sunderland's Wild Eyes, dispatched a smaller boat to pick her up.
The rescue, coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Center -- Australia (RCC Australia), was conducted with the support of a Global Express aircraft, which provided top cover during the transfer and served as a communications relay between Wild Eyes and the Ile De La Reunion. The crew of the Ile De La Reunion conducted the rescue with a boat launched from the fishing vessel.