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According to the Telegraaf, Laura Dekkers had left a note for her father, whom she lives with, and withdrawn €3,500 in cash from a bank account.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