Laura Dekker found

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Teen Sailor: So Far, So Good in Solo Voyage

Laura Dekker is nearly a year in, but pirates loom

(Newser) - While the 15-year-olds you know may be jonesing for a drivers' license, Laura Dekker is alone on a boat in the middle of the Pacific. Dekker set sail last August from Gibraltar in hopes of becoming the youngest woman to sail solo around the world. If all goes well, she... More »

Dutch Court Mulls Removing Sailor Girl From Home

Dekker's father may lose custody

(Newser) - Runaway teen sailor Laura Dekker has returned home to a custody battle in the Netherlands. Child welfare authorities have asked a court to remove the 14-year-old from her father's custody and place her either with her mother or in foster care, Reuters reports. Dekker was reported missing last week after... More »

Young Sailor Laura Dekker Flies Home

But may soon be taken out of father's custody

(Newser) - Teenage Dutch sailor Laura Dekker faces the possibility of being removed from her father's custody today after returning to the Netherlands. Dekker, 14, disappeared from home Friday and flew to the Caribbean. Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that the Bureau of Youth Care wants to remove her from her father's... More »

Runaway Sailor Laura Dekker Found Safe in Caribbean

14-year-old disappeared from the Netherlands

(Newser) - Laura Dekker, the Dutch teen sailor who apparently ran away from home, has been found in St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. Police on the Caribbean island have her in custody, and she is "safe and sound," a Dutch government spokesman tells the BBC . Dekker, 14, wants to... More »

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