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Woman lost at sea known for her spirit

Friends and family of Laura Zekoll are hoping the Atlanta woman lost at sea last weekend will be found alive.

After all, it wouldn't be the first time Zekoll, 46, has overcome tremendous adversity.

At age 16, she severed her right arm in a motorcycle accident, eventually learning to use her reattached limb to play softball, fly airplanes, dance and sail. She battled and beat alcohol addiction in her 20s and has been sober for two decades. She founded a successful computer company in the mid-1990s, which thrives today, and she was active in several charitable organizations.

"She said there is so much to do in this lifetime - let's do it," said Toni Ralston, Zekoll's friend and sailing partner.

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