Laura Dekker: Teen Sailor Missing

December 20, 2009

Meet Laura Dekker, a 14 year old girl who wanted to sail solo around the world. She was denied by the Dutch Courts, and has since gone missing. Read more and see her photo and video here.

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Laura Dekker is a 14year old girl, born on a yacht, and has a love of sailing. Back in October she petitioned the Dutch court, with the support of her father, to allow her to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world. She had hoped to leave Holland on September 1st of this year and return home 2 years later in September 2011. The record is currently held by 17 year old Zac Sunderland, an American who just got back a few months ago.

She was denied the opportunity, was placed under the supervision of childcare authorities, and has since gone missing.

Police do not believe this is a crime. Dekker withdrew $5,000 from her bank account and it is believed she may be trying to go to New Zealand to petition their court to sail around the world. Laura has dual citizenship, as she was born on a yacht in New Zealand waters and retains dual Dutch and New Zealand citizenship. She had talked about going to New Zealand if the Dutch court denied her.

Dutch authorities have asked neighboring countries to monitor their airports.

“That happens with missing minors — if she is seen somewhere else or tries to leave via an airport or something like that, authorities know we are looking for her. We are doing everything we can to make sure we can get her back. We are certainly concerned about her health — we are talking about an underage girl.”

Laura Dekker, aka Laura Vermist, has dark blonde, medium length hair and looks like your typical teenager. Hopefully this story has a happy ending and they find her!

So readers what do you think? Should Laura Dekker, the missing sailor, have been allowed to go being she had her parents consent, or did the court make the right decision? Tell me in the comments section below after checking out video!

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7 Responses to “Laura Dekker: Teen Sailor Missing”

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    Juditha Says:

    Laura Dekker should have been allowed to have her sail. It is abusive in the truest sense of the word for the courts to disregard her years of training and her readiness to embark on this voyage. This story should be made into a children’s book- a cautionary tale about taking the long way round ignorant but powerful people.

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    Moby Dick Says:

    She’s a 14 year old KID.
    The court provided the correct decision one that her parents are too immature to understand.

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    Nikolaus Stobe Says:

    Both of her parents are veteran sailers…She has been sailing for quite some time, and her father believes that she is responsible and able enough to undertake the global circumnavigation. I have not seen anything stated as to what her suply and support plans are, but given the size of her ship there must be some plan to resuply her with food. I am thinking that the Solo attempt will be in the same line as the solo attempts done by others, and the “solo” will mean that she will be the only one operating and residing on the ship, but that others ships are allowed to follow in case of emergency. I hope that, if she goes to New Zealand, they permit her to make the attempt.

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    Carol Says:

    Youngsters develop at different rates. The age of Laura Dekker is insufficient grounds to bar her well-charted sailing plans.

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    Moby Dick Says:

    I’m sure the pirates of the seas who would rape and murder her then throw her body out to sea for the sharks to finish off agree with you 100% on that onr Carol. Even if some children develop skills beyond their age you must not forget that they are still children.

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    Dana Says:

    I just heard about this and i think it’s AWESOME! Obviously someone not afraid to live life and take chances. I don’t think she is missing as she left Holland with her father for for Portugal where she will continue on by herself.

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    Mick Lima Says:

    Once at the sea, go a head.
    I wish you all luck of the world.
    I hope to receive in Mindelo (cape Verde Islands) with some music (DRUMS), I apreciate your corage as a teenager.