Ghost boat that was missing at sea for NINE YEARS resurfaces
2nd January 2019

‘Ghost boat’ that had been abandoned by Californian girl, 16, trying to set round-the-world sailing record in 2010 resurfaces after nearly NINE YEARS

  • A ghost boat missing at sea for nine years has resurfaced in the Indian Ocean
  • Vessel was abandoned by Abby Sunderland who was attempting world record
  • The boat’s wreckage was sighted again in waters off Kangaroo Island on NYE 

A ghost boat that was missing at sea for nine years has resurfaced after it was abandoned by a teenage girl trying to set an around-the-world sailing record. 

The boat, known as ‘Wild Eyes’, had been roaming the sea since June 2010, when it was discarded by American sailor Abby Sunderland as she was attempted the record at age 16. 

The teenager had been forced to abandon her boat due to equipment faults and bad weather.  

A ghost boat that was missing at sea for nine years has resurfaced after it was abandoned by a teenage girl trying to set an around-the-world sailing record (pictured) 

The sailing boat known as ‘Wild Eyes’ had been roaming the sea since June 2010 (pictured)

The teenager had been forced to abandon her boat due to equipment faults and bad weather

Wild Eyes was stripped of its equipment and left to aimlessly drift on waters in the Indian Ocean.  

However, the boat’s wreckage was sighted again in waters off Kangaroo Island on New Year’s Eve at 12.30pm, covered in sea barnacles, Adelaide Now reported. 


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The ghost boat had managed to stay afloat all those years. 

Abby’s 2010 attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world was unsuccessful after she encountered high winds and multiple knockdowns in a remote area of the Indian Ocean.

She was rescued by French and Australian authorities, which cost an estimated $300,000. 

Abby’s (pictured) 2010 attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world was unsuccessful

She was rescued by French and Australian authorities, which cost an estimated $300,000

  

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