Dutch sailor girl put under care
Laura Dekker was not in the Utrecht court to hear Friday's ruling
A Dutch court has put a 13-year-old girl under state care for two months, stalling her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
The decision by three Utrecht judges means Laura Dekker's parents, who support her plans, temporarily lose the right to make decisions about her.
A child psychologist will now assess her capacity to undertake the voyage.
Miss Dekker, who was not at the court, will continue to live with her father, Dick Dekker.
Mr Dekker - who did not make any immediate comment on the ruling - had earlier had a request for her to miss two years of school turned down.
Miss Dekker - who was not at the court - will continue to live with her father, who did not make any immediate comment on the ruling.
She had planned to spend about two years aboard her 26-ft (8-m) boat, Guppy, to break the record set this week by a 17-year-old UK boy.
Mike Perham tackled 50ft waves, gale force winds and technical problems during the 28,000-mile (45,000-km) circumnavigation, which took him nine months.
The Dutch Child Protection Agency had requested Miss Dekker be made a ward of court because, it said, it was "irresponsible for such a young girl to make a two-year solo trip around the world".
The current record was set this week by 17-year-old Mike Perham
The judges agreed, ruling Miss Dekker would face mental and physical risks if she were allowed to go ahead with her planned record attempt.
"The parents are going to have to negotiate all important decisions regarding Laura [Dekker] with the child protection services," said a court statement.
"This means that Laura cannot start her round-the-world trip without their [child protection services] agreement."
Miss Dekker has been put under the guardianship of the Utrecht Youth Care agency - which will not allow her to set sail - and the case will be reviewed after two months.
Peter de Lange, the Dekker's lawyer, described the case as "exceptional".
"The crucial question is whether it is wrong for parents to allow their child to indulge in her passion," he told Radio Netherlands.
Caroline Vink, a senior adviser on youth protection in the Netherlands, said the case needed to be "looked into".
I want simply to learn about the world and to live freely
"We're talking about a 13-year-old," she told the BBC. "You can also question whether she's able to take this decision for herself, and whether the parents are making the decision in the best interests of Laura."
Miss Dekker was reportedly born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand during a seven-year world trip.
She had a yacht by the age of six and began sailing solo when she was 10.
"Since I was 10 years old, I've known that I would like to sail around the world," she had earlier told Dutch television.
"I want simply to learn about the world and to live freely."