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at all cost

Much has been made about the cost to rescue Abby Sunderland on her misguided voyage. Here’s a story for y’all.

The first day Abby Sunderland was stranded in the Southern Ocean, Australia’s rescue agency chartered a jet to fly over the area where her emergency beacon was activated. The 11-hour flight cost an estimated 110,000 Australian dollars ($94,500 U.S.). second day, after locating her, the agency sent another plane to co-ordinate her pickup by ships racing toward her damaged and drifting yacht.

The Australian military also deployed two Orion aircraft to wait on an Indian Ocean island in case an airdrop or further assistance was needed. An Orion costs about AU$30,000 an hour to operate. Read on.