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Abby Sunderland's rescue cost nears $100K

Rescuing sailor Abby Sunderland from her around-the-world trip is proving to be very expensive, almost reaching $100K.

June 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rescuing Abby Sunderland from her around-the-world odyssey is proving to be a very expensive proposition.Maritime officials say the cost of rescuing the teenage sailor will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, her family will not have to pay for anything.

The 16-year-old Thousand Oaks teen was trying to become the youngest sailor to sail solo around the world.

Sunderland's rescue was handled by France and Australia. Australia spent $94,000 to charter a jet to fly over the search area. They also sent two Orion military aircraft.

Also, France sent three ships to join the rescue effort.

Sunderland's rescue was welcomed in Australia and in her home state of California.

However, many question why Australia and France were footing the bill for an American teenager's solo quest. After the 1912 Titanic disaster, there was an international agreement to help any ship in distress at sea at no cost.

The two countries involved, France and Australia, have brushed off questions about the cost of the rescue.

Officials say they have no plans to seek compensation.

AP contributed to this report.