Yesterday we told you the frightening news that 16-year-old Abby Sunderland was missing at sea. The Southern California teen, who was following in her brother's footsteps and attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world, steered her yacht through a storm in the Indian Ocean and lost contact for 20 hours.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Abby was found safe and sound. Her ship -- named "Wild Eyes" -- was spotted in the southern Indian Ocean approximately half way between Australia and Africa by rescuers flying in a search plane. Three boats are now on their way to help Abby, but it will probably be another day before the first one reaches her.
Abby's parents state, "Radio communication was made and Abby reports that she is fine!"
Her father Laurence also says that Abby won't be continuing her around-the-world journey. "We've got our Abigail back and the quest will be over. Knowing that she's alive and well means so much more to me than any sailing record. It's just a huge, huge relief."