(CNN)When American teen sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued from the Indian Ocean in 2010, she never thought she'd see her yacht, Wild Eyes, again.
Teen sailor Abby Sunderland's yacht found intact 8 years after her rescue
The then 16-year-old Sunderland hoped to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, but was forced to abandon her vessel after stormy seas broke the mast. The Californian was picked up by a French fishing vessel between Madagascar and the western coast of Australia.
More than eight years later, on December 31, 2018, a tuna-spotting plane noticed an overturned yacht off the coast of Kangaroo Island, Australia, according to South Australia Police.
After a police helicopter and two commercial fishing ships were sent to the scene -- about 11 miles south of the island to the south-west of the city of Adelaide -- the yellow boat, now also coated in barnacles, was identified as Wild Eyes.