Missing Teen Sailor Found 'Alive and Well'

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Rescuers on board a chartered Australian airplane made contact Friday with the teen girl who has been attempting to sail solo around the world.

Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland was spotted alive and adrift in the frigid southern Indian Ocean after she set off two emergency satellite beacons.

The plane, with 11 experienced observers on board, were able to speak with her using close-range marine radio.

Sunderland's parents lost contact with their daughter after she reported battling 30-foot waves and 45-knot winds in the southern Indian Ocean, some 2,000 miles east of Madagascar.

On Wednesday, she described "a rough few days" on her blog.

"I've been in some rough weather for awhile, with winds at 40-45 knowts, with higher gusts," she wrote.

The teen described taking down the sail, repairing it and getting it back up within a couple of hours.

"It wasn't the most fun job I have done out here," she wrote. "With the seas still huge, Wild Eyes was rolling around like crazy," Sunderland said.

Rescue boats are headed for the girl's damaged yacht and are expected to reach her soon.

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