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Stranded CA teen reunited with family

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

CALIFORNIA (WFLX) - The 16-year-old who was stranded in an attempt to sail around the world is back home and this weekend, for the first time, Abby Sunderland got a big hug from her older brother.

Sunderland spent time catching up with family upon arriving in California. She also, once again, defended her family for allowing her to take the trip telling reporters "You can't eliminate risks. Any sailor that goes out to the water knows being hit by a rogue wave is a risk, no matter where you are."

Australia and France worked together to rescue the American teenager. Both countries have brushed off questions about the price tag, saying they have no plans to seek compensation for the operation.

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