By Alan Duke, CNN
June 11, 2010 4:21 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- Australian authorities on Friday made contact with a 16-year-old American girl who triggered a distress signal while attempting to sail solo around the world.
But it could be a day before a French fishing vessel pulls Abby Sunderland and her boat, Wild Eyes, to shore, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.
"She's in the boat. The boat's seaworthy. It's not taking on water, and she's equipped for the conditions down there, we believe," said Mick Kinley of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Sunderland triggered the distress signal Thursday during rough seas.
"She's been dismasted. The rigging's over the side and in the water," Kinley told reporters Friday.
Lucky kid!!! :)