NOAA computer helped save teen at sea
A military official says a NOAA computer in Maryland helped play a part in the rescue of teenage solo sailor Abby Sunderland.
The computer is housed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Search and Rescue Satellite control center in Suitland. The Suitland computer relayed data from an emergency beacon on Sunderland's boat to the U.S. Coast Guard's Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., and French authorities. Lt. Shawn Maddock, who is stationed at the Suitland center, said the beacon can only be activated manually, so rescuers knew she had the presence of mind and physical ability to use the device.
A French fishing boat brought her on board Saturday more than 2,000 miles west of Australia.
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