9 Kid Adventurers With Crazy Parents

Would you let your teen sail around the world?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 12:22 PM CDT
In a, Jan 23, 2010 file photo, Abby Sunderland, 16, looks out from her sailboat, Wild Eyes, as she leaves for her world record attempting journey at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif.   (AP Photo/Richard Hartog/file)
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(Newser) – Abby Sunderland’s dad may or may not have been attempting to cash in on his daughter’s solo sailing trip with a reality show—either way, should her parents have let her go? The Daily Beast thinks not, and offers up a list of other youngsters whose daredevil “parents should be shot”:

  • Jordan Romero: It’s great that this 13-year-old became the youngest person to scale Mount Everest, but his dad didn’t even bring a Western guide along—and he chose the more dangerous side to climb.
  • Jessica Dubroff: The seven-year-old pilot was killed, along with her father and her flight instructor, when her plane crashed during her attempt to become the youngest person to fly across the US. Even worse? Her mom wanted her nine-year-old brother to fly over the funeral service.

  • Jessica Watson: This 16-year-old set the record that Abby Sunderland was trying to break—and her father actually said that though “it would be devastating if we lost her…it would be worse to say, ‘No you can’t go’ because of that risk, because of what she’s put into it.”
  • Parker Liautaud: The 15-year-old tried to become one of the youngest people to ski to the North Pole—sans parents. When temperatures warmed, he had to quit early and be rescued by helicopter.
For the complete list, click here.

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