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Solo sailor girl found on Caribbean island

Monday 21 December 2009

A 14-year-old girl, who hopes to become the youngest person to sail solo round the world, has been found safe and well on the Caribbean island of St Maarten, two days after being reported missing.

According to the Telegraaf, Laura Dekkers had left a note for her father, whom she lives with, and withdrawn €3,500 in cash from a bank account.

She was reported missing on Friday by youth social workers. Laura was put under court supervision in October, after judges said her plan had not been properly thought out.

THe Volkskrant quotes a spokesman for the family as saying Laura had been in a 'downward spiral' since the court ruling, and felt everyone was against her.

Social workers said all was being done to get Laura back to the Netherlands as soon as possible and find 'appropriate accommodation' for her.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Well, doesn't this totally justify the courts decision? She obviously didn't have the maturity or the psychological stability to successfully make the voyage by herself.

By CW | 21 December 2009 9:22 AM

Well done Social Services you have successfully ruined another young persons life by interfering in her upbringing and pandering to the conservative press. Her Farther should take her out of this dump they call the Netherlands and to a civilised country.

By Paul Smith | 21 December 2009 11:08 AM

My God this girl is 14! do her parents have no contol over her? why did this even go to court her parents should have been the ones to tell her no...wow and she was in a 'downward spiral' because she didn't get her own way. poor little rich girl has some real problems, maybe she should be taken on a world trip to places where girls her age have nothing, forced to work/marry/have kids etc..see how she copes with that!

By Jennifer | 21 December 2009 11:35 AM

I am so surprised that in some homes in europe and not ony in he netherlands children rul and parents have no control over them. I dont understand how this was allowed to this little girl.. Children have to be obedient and they have to be shown hw little others have in the world. But in this countries children live not knowing what others lack off..and if they kno sme dont care. there is also nice and good kids in Europe.

By marlene | 21 December 2009 12:45 PM

Well if such a high profile young one can escape to the other side of the world without being noticed, it most certainly gives a green light to "have a go terrorists"

By Mark | 21 December 2009 5:17 PM

get a life everyone, i think she has spirit..........its become a nanny state where everyone else thinks they know best, we may as well give up any ambition because its much safer!! she seems very capable and i wish her luck

By jenny | 22 December 2009 10:43 AM

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