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June 10th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet. I think the questions here are obvious. Boats, ships scramble to reach teen drifting in Indian Ocean - CNN.com
What do you think?
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June 10th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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I am super worried for her. 20/20 did a segment on her a week or two ago. I have mixed opinions about her age. I know next to nothing about sailing, and spending a year alone in a boat is my idea of personal hell, so I'm not even sure I can comment on what she was attempting.
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June 10th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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I am worried too. I'm not sure I would ever let my 16 year old do that, no matter how talented she is. I may be a tad overprotective though...
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June 10th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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She is living her dream and I think 16 is old enough to know the risks. Unfortunately, and I hope this isn't the case, the risk may be death.
If she was my child and was prepared, I would allow her to do it.
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June 10th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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From reading the article, it does sound like they took reasonable precautions for her safety. She has provisions and a satellite phone - they talked to her an hour before something happened, and knew right away. Yeah, it's dangerous, but I do think she's old enough to know the risks, and it sounds like they knew what they were risking/getting into.

I admit that I don't understand why breaking this record is important enough to these parents, but if it was important enough to her, then I think she's old enough to decide for herself.
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June 11th, 2010, 05:17 AM
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From reading the article, it does sound like they took reasonable precautions for her safety. She has provisions and a satellite phone - they talked to her an hour before something happened, and knew right away. Yeah, it's dangerous, but I do think she's old enough to know the risks, and it sounds like they knew what they were risking/getting into.

I admit that I don't understand why breaking this record is important enough to these parents, but if it was important enough to her, then I think she's old enough to decide for herself.
Yeah, they knew right away, but the closest ship was 40 hours away. Further, the boat has already had problems, she had to stop in South Africa for repairs. I don't think any sailing of this caliber should be done completely alone. The ability for rescue should be within at least a couple of hours. I don't believe she could be "prepared" enough for this at the age of 16. She hasn't even lived long enough to be prepared for something as large as this.
She is mighty lucky they found her alive and well.
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June 11th, 2010, 05:35 AM
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When they said she was going to sail it alone, I figured she would have a boat trailing her to "watch". Amazing that she was going to do that. After watching "Deadliest Catch" and seeing the waves that can come up in a storm, she has some mighty one's.

The parent's would have to live with the guilt if something happens to her, so if they are okay with that, I can't say anything about it I guess.
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June 11th, 2010, 05:43 AM
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I think as parents we sometimes tend to underestimate the mental capacity of our teenagers, because we want to keep them safe in little bubbles for as long as possible (I'm not saying it's bad to want to this). I don't think that EVERY 16-year-old is capable of realizing what's involved in this. But her brother had already done it, and a girl has done it who's just a couple months older, so it's not like it's impossible, or she's trying something that's never been done.

It seems to be a decision that everyone made carefully, and didn't just jump off the bridge and go for it without thought.
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June 11th, 2010, 06:51 AM
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Yeah, they knew right away, but the closest ship was 40 hours away. Further, the boat has already had problems, she had to stop in South Africa for repairs. I don't think any sailing of this caliber should be done completely alone. The ability for rescue should be within at least a couple of hours. I don't believe she could be "prepared" enough for this at the age of 16. She hasn't even lived long enough to be prepared for something as large as this.
She is mighty lucky they found her alive and well.
We applaud our sons for joining the military at 17 and making the life and death decision there yet a child a year younger is not responsible enough to make a similar decision. It doesn't make sense.
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June 11th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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We applaud our sons for joining the military at 17 and making the life and death decision there yet a child a year younger is not responsible enough to make a similar decision. It doesn't make sense.
I think we applaud them because they're making a sacrifice (maybe of their own life) to help our country. That's not what she's doing.
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June 11th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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I wouldn't have let her go by herself.
It's sad...
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June 11th, 2010, 08:49 AM
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She has been found safe and ailve in the Indian Ocean. With that said, I wouldn't let my child sail around the world on his own. Not because I don't think an experienced 16 year old is old enough to do so, but because I'll be too overprotective.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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I think we applaud them because they're making a sacrifice (maybe of their own life) to help our country. That's not what she's doing.
Exactly.
The decision that this girl and her family made is putting others at risk (ie. the people that have to save her, and costing outside companies/government tons of money).
Further, she is taking a different and more dangerous route than her brother or the other person did. I've also heard that the "experience" she had in rough waters was nothing like one would encounter on the Indian Ocean.
I can see letting her go if there was another boat with her, but completely by yourself with the nearest boat 40 hours away is ridiculous.
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June 11th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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I think she is old enough, BUT if she was my daughter I wouldn't let her- just too risky to me.
I heard on the news this morning that there are some who want her parents investigated for child neglect, but I also believe they are Australian and I don't know what their laws are.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:08 AM
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What is with all these young kids wanting to sail around the world? An Aussie just did it too, I find that they're way too young and my kid wouldn't be allowed to do that.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:21 AM
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I'm glad they found her and that she is okay.

I don't think I could ever let my kid do it. Just because a teen is aware of the risks it doesn't mean that they fully understand the long term effect that those risks may carry. Teens tend to think in the short term rather than long term.

It's also not just the dangers of the actual sailing that would worry me. I'd worry about her having to stop in some strange country all alone where she doesn't know the language or anything. It would be very easy for someone to take advantage of her in that situation. Not to mention the trouble that there has been with pirates lately. Her story has been heard world wide. How do her parents know that none of those men aren't searching her out? I'd be afraid she'd be attacked and/or raped. It's just not a risk I'd be willing to let my child take at that age.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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I think we applaud them because they're making a sacrifice (maybe of their own life) to help our country. That's not what she's doing.
I think the point she was making with the comparison was that we let 17-year-olds make a life or death decision to join the military, and then turn around and say this girl isn't old enough to make this decision, when she's just a few months away from being able to decide to join the military. At 17, they are either capable of making a decision of that nature or they aren't.

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Exactly.
The decision that this girl and her family made is putting others at risk (ie. the people that have to save her, and costing outside companies/government tons of money).
This would be true even if she was 40. So are you suggesting that NO ONE should take on this adventure?
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June 11th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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I think she is old enough, BUT if she was my daughter I wouldn't let her- just too risky to me.
I heard on the news this morning that there are some who want her parents investigated for child neglect, but I also believe they are Australian and I don't know what their laws are.
They're Californian.
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They're Californian.
DUH Apparently I can not read today.
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June 11th, 2010, 10:58 AM
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I think its great that she has such an adventurous spirit and I'm glad they found her. I hope she can try again or keep going.
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