The California parents of a sick one-year-old baby are defending their around-the-world sailing voyage. The U.S. military rescued the girl, who is now recovering on board a Navy ship.


Navy Rescues Sick 1-Year-Old From Crippled Sailboat


Eric and Charlotte Kaufman claim they were prepared for the journey with their kids, ages 1 and 3. But 900 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, their infant daughter came down with a fever and a rash. Antibiotics they had on board did not help.

Then the boat lost its steering and communication capabilities. It took a coordinated effort between the Navy and the Coast Guard to rescue the family.

Col. Steven Butow from the 129th Rescue Wing Commander said the baby will be transferred to a medical facility in the San Diego area by Wednesday.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse reported that the baby, Lyra, had salmonella poisoning before the trip, but had been cleared to go.

Eric is a trained sailor and Charlotte had been blogging about the voyage. She blogged about the “awful” conditions and on day eight she wrote, “I think this is the stupidest thing we have ever done.”

However, in a statement from aboard the USS Vandegrift​, the couple said: 

‘‘We understand there are those who question our decision to sail with our family, but please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years, and when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could."

‘‘The ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it. We are proud of our choices and our preparation."

Check out footage from the rescue in the clip above. 


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