...her parents should be charged with Child Endangerment
If you don't buckle the seat belt on a 16-year-old child, that is exactly the charge you will get from the police. CHILD ENDANGERMENT applies to parents who put their child into a dangerous situation UNTIL THE CHILD REACHES 18 years old.
Abby's parents sent her off alone into the Southern Ocean during the onset of WINTER. This is a different magnitude of child endangerment IMHO.
I just don't agree that it's ok to send a child off onto the ocean alone, REGARDLESS of how tough he or she might be and REGARDLESS of how much they want it.
I was very impressed by Jessica Watson, but still didn't agree that it was right. Abby's program just looked so much weaker. I had a bad feeling about it from the beginning and it was reinforced by all the problems she's had along the way.
I sure hope it turns out ok. Pray all you want if it makes you feel better. I don't believe any prayers are going to tame the wild Southern Ocean but that's just my opinion.
Did she really clip on to the farking boom and go up the mast at night in a storm?
Jeebus, how could you not pull the plug as a parent watching this train wreck. Mind boggling. Criminal responsibility from my point of view.