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Sick girl and family rescued from sailboat near Mexico

Sick girl and family rescued from sailboat near Mexico

By Associated Press. CREATED Apr 6, 2014


U.S. sailors have rescued a family with a sick baby from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast.

The Coast Guard says the 1-year-old girl, her parents and her 3-year-old sister boarded the USS Vandegrift this morning and are on their way to San Diego, where the baby will get for medical treatment. The frigate is expected to arrive in San Diego midweek.

Authorities said the 36-foot sailboat, which lost steering and communication abilities, sent a satellite call for help on Thursday.

A California Air National Guard crew parachuted into the water and reached the boat Thursday night. The crew stabilized the girl and stayed by her side until the Navy ship arrived.

A relative said the girl's family was attempting to circle the world.


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 A U.S. Navy warship has reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing to rescue a sick 1-year-old girl.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Barry Bena says the ship will wait until around dawn Sunday before starting to transfer the child from the 36-foot boat to the ship.

The sailboat with two parents and their two young children aboard was on a cruise around the world when they sent a satellite ping for help about the ailing child.

A family member says she had developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and who wasn't responding to medications.

Four California Air National Guard rescuers parachuted to reach the vessel, and the team stabilized the girl and point the sailboat toward Mexico.

Now the U.S. Navy warship USS Vandegrift is on scene to complete the rescue mission.