NPR

Sailboat From U.S. Teen's Doomed Round-The-World Attempt Found Drifting Off Australia

"My heart skipped a beat. It brought back many memories — good and not so good": Seeing her boat Wild Eyes brought back a flood of emotions, says Abby Sunderland, who's now 25.
The hull of Wild Eyes — the sailboat Abby Sunderland used in her attempt to sail around the world solo — was found drifting off Australia's Kangaroo Island. Source: South Australia Police

Wild Eyes — the sailboat abandoned by American Abby Sunderland in her failed bid to circumnavigate the world solo as a 16-year-old — has been found floating off of Australia's coast, nearly nine years after she was rescued in the Indian Ocean.

Seeing her boat again brought back a flood of emotions, says Sunderland, who is now 25.

"My heart skipped a beat. It brought back many memories — good and not so good — but it was neat to see.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
Imelda Causing 'Major, Catastrophic Flooding' In Southeast Texas, Forecasters Warn
Some parts of southeast Texas could see rain totals of 25 to 35 inches through Friday, the National Weather Service says.
NPR2 min readPolitics
UAE Agrees To Join U.S.-Led Maritime Coalition To Protect Gulf Shipping
The contingent was organized by Washington following attacks in June on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz that it blames on Iran. Britain, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have also joined.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Speaker Nancy Pelosi To Unveil Plan To Negotiate Prices Of 250 Prescription Drugs
The House speaker has been privately working for months on legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs, a rare shared priority with President Trump.