Abby Sunderland, Sailor
Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland captivated the world when her attempts to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo went awry in the Indian Ocean last week. She was lost at sea for two days before her rescue, during which time her plight made international headlines. That bodes well for the reality-television show that her father, Laurence Sunderland, tried to sell, if not exactly for his responsibility as a parent. According to the New York Post, Laurence Sunderland is broke and sold the show Adventures in Sunderland weeks after Abby departed in January. On Monday, Sunderland's mother denied the family was trying to capitalize on Abby's journey, arguing that the deal had been pegged to her brother's voyage and was dead before the girl set sail.