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Mom opposes Dutch girl's plan to sail the globe

THE mother of Dutch teenager Laura Dekker says she is against her daughter's plan to try to sail solo around the world.

Babs Muller is quoted in the Volkskrant daily as saying her 13-year-old daughter has the technical ability to complete the voyage but that the teenager is not yet grown-up enough.

Muller also says she is worried about her daughter's safety in ports in some developing countries.

The interview published today was Muller's first public comment on the plan.

A Dutch court on Aug. 28 ordered Laura placed in the custody of child care authorities for two months and appointed a child psychologist to report on her capacity to cope with the risks of the voyage and possible harm of two years of isolation.


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