Dutch Court Halts Girl’s Solo Sailing Plans

(CNN) — A Dutch court intervened Friday to stop a 13-year-old girl from attempting to sail around the world by herself, stripping her parents of sole custody.

Laura Dekker’s parents support her round-the-world ambition, which sparked concern from child protection officials because of her age. They took the case to court to prevent the solo trip.

Friday, the Dutch High Court in Utrecht ruled that the Child Protection Board will share custody over Laura with her parents for two months. The move prevents the parents from permitting Laura to set off on her trip alone, though Laura will remain at home with her father, Dick Dekker, a court official said.

During those two months, a child psychologist will assess Laura’s mental state and ability to carry out a solo round-the-world journey, a court official said. A guardian will be appointed to oversee the case until the court next meets Oct. 26.

The court will then make a final ruling on whether her parents may have the final say about their daughter’s plans, the court official said.


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