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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 picture, Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif. Rescuers searched today for her somewhere between Africa and Australia. He says emergency beacons were activated overnight and there has been a loss of communication. She was feared in trouble in the southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Richard Hartog)

Searchers contact teen lost at sea

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CANBERRA, Australia -- A 16-year-old sailor on a round-the-world journey was adrift in the frigid southern Indian Ocean today as rescue boats headed toward her yacht, damaged by 30-foot waves that knocked out her communications and prompted her to set off a distress signal.

After a tense 20 hours of silence, a search plane launched from Australia's west coast made radio contact with Abby Sunderland today.

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