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Stranded Family Back on Dry Land

 
Stranded Family Back on Dry Land
Posted Wednesday, April 9th 2014 @ 4pm

Story courtesy of 10News

 

A U.S. Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego.

The arrival came six days after Charlotte and Eric Kaufman called for help on their satellite phone from about 1,000 miles off the coast of Mexico when their sailboat broke down and their 1-year-old daughter Lyra was vomiting and suffering from diarrhea and fever.

California Air National Guard members parachuted down to the ocean and swam to the 36-foot sailboat on Thursday -- the same day the distress call was made.

The rescue crew did not just nurse the young girl back to health; they stayed at her side for days in cramped quarters. The Navy rescue ship arrived on Sunday.

The girl quickly responded to new medication for her salmonella-like symptoms. Her 3-year-old sister was also on the boat.

The warship carrying the family docked at Naval Air Station North Island, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lenaya Rotklein said.

The Kaufmans did not wish to speak publicly. They want to tend to their daughter first and get some rest, Charlotte Kaufman's sister, Sariah English, said.

The Kaufmans' decision to sail around the world with Lyra and her sister Cora has struck a chord with parents -- angering some who accuse them of endangering their children and drawing admiration from others for having the courage and determination to follow their dream.

 

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