Police: Dutch teen solo sailor goes missing

20th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Laura Dekker, the Dutch teenager barred by a youth court from pursuing her dream of becoming the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the world solo, is missing, police said on Sunday.

The Hague - Laura Dekker, the Dutch teenager barred by a youth court from pursuing her dream of becoming the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the world solo, is missing, police said on Sunday.

"Laura Dekker has been reported missing since Friday," police spokesman Bernhard Jens told AFP from the central Dutch city of Utrecht. "We do not know if she is at sea, but we do not think so."

Nothing suggests foul play, he added.

Last October the youth court in Utrecht prohibited Dekker, 14, from setting off on an around-the-world solo yacht trip for at least eight months, citing concerns about her safety.

It also placed the teenager -- whose father Dick Dekker supported her ambitions, but whose mother expressed doubts -- under the protection of child care officers until July 1 next year.

Last August a 17-year-old Briton, Mike Perham, became the youngest person to complete a solo voyage around the world, albeit with assistance.

AFP/Expatica

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