TODAY | June 14, 2010
NATALIE MORALES, anchor: A California teen is speaking out for the first time since being rescued over the weekend after attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo. NBC 's Miguel Almaguer has more.
MIGUEL ALMAGUER reporting: Abby Sunderland and her battered boat were found drifting in the Indian Ocean . Over the weekend a French fishing vessels plucked the 16-year-old out of the water and out of her dream of sailing around the world alone. After the rescue she spoke to an Australian radio station.
Ms. ABBY SUNDERLAND: I'm really lucky that there was a boat that could come and get me where I was. I'm still a little bit in shock from everything that's happened.
ALMAGUER: In January, Abby set sail from Southern California . She made it around Cape Horn , across the Atlantic then rounded Cape Town . But Thursday halfway around the world and halfway to Australia , her mast broke in rough seas. Emergency beacons went off and her nearly six-month journey came to an end. On her blog, Abby shot down criticism she was too young to make the trip, saying, "I was in a storm. Since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?"
Ms. MARIANNE SUNDERLAND (Abby's Mother): She knew the drill. She knew what to do. She did everything right. And some things you just can't control.
ALMAGUER: Although Abby isn't on her boat, today she is still where she loves to be, out at sea. The young sailor is expected home in a few weeks.
Ms. A. SUNDERLAND: I'm definitely going to sail around the world again, or at least give it another try. I'm definitely going to do it sometime.
ALMAGUER: For now, Abby 's journey has ended and although she's left behind her broken boat, her determination remains intact. Miguel Almaguer, NBC News, Los Angeles .