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The logistics of rescuing Abby Sunderland

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16-year-old Abby Sunderland was stranded for several days in the Indian Ocean before being rescued Richard Hartog/AP

Last Saturday, a French fishing vessel rescued 16-year-old Abby Sunderland from her destroyed sailboat in the raucous waters of the Indian Ocean. She was found over 2000 miles off the coast of western Australia after having been stranded in the open ocean for days, and her attempt to be the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the world was cut short. What goes into coordinating these rescue efforts, how much do they cost, and who is responsible for them?


Petty Officer Matthew Schofield, with the Los Angeles/Long Beach office of the Coast Guard

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