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Apr 6, 2014 2:17 PM by Susanna Capelouto

1-year-old who became sick at sea picked up by U.S. Navy

A 1-year-old girl who became seriously ill on a sailboat hundreds of miles off Mexico was on a U.S. Navy frigate Sunday and in stable condition, the U.S. Coast Guard said.


On Thursday morning the Coast Guard received a distress call about the girl, who was on the Rebel Heart with her parents and sister about 900 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Members of an Air National Guard unit operating out of Moffett Federal Airfield in the San Francisco Bay Area were dispatched, according to a spokesman. Four members of the 129th Rescue Wing parachuted into the ocean, inflated a motorized boat and reached the 36-foot sailboat, said 2nd Lt. Roderick B. Bersamina.


The crew of the USS Vandegrift picked up the family and the four rescuers.
According to their blogs, Eric Kaufman and his wife, Charlotte, had plans to cross the Pacific and had left Mexico two weeks ago with their daughters Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, reports CNN affiliate KGTV. The family lives in San Diego.


Officials said they can't give details about the illness, but said "the family is in good spirits."
The family will stay aboard the Vandegrift as it sails back to San Diego.


CNN's John Newsome and AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this story

 

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