Blogs have changed communications forever. Abby Sunderland, the California teenager who was rescued in the Indian Ocean as she tried to sail around the world, posted to her blog at sea from a French fishing boat on Saturday. She provided a first-hand, real-time account of the mishap without the “filter” of a journalist:
“Sorry I haven’t written in so long as you probably already know I had a pretty rough couple of days. I can’t write much now as I am typing on a french key pad as well as trying to stay seated in a bouncy fishing boat.
“The long and the short of it is, well, one long wave, and one short mast (short meaning two inch stub.) I’ll write a more detailed blog later, just wanted to let every one know I am safe and sound on a great big fishing boat headed I am not exactly sure where.
“Crazy is the word that really describes everything that has happened best.
“Within a few minutes of being on board the fishing boat, I was already getting calls from the press. I don’t know how they got the number but it seems everybody is eager to pounce on my story now that something bad has happened.
“There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more. The truth is, I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. It wasn’t the time of year it was just a Southern Ocean storm. Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world.
“As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?
I keep hitting the wrong keys and am still trying to get over the fact that I will never see my Wild Eyes again. So Ill write more later.
Sure, there will be lots of questions, like the ones questioning her parent’s judgment or the timing of her voyage (the Indian Ocean this time of year is unforgiving). But the first-hand account shortly after the rescue, from the middle of the Indian Ocean, is very interesting.