Family defends decision to sail around world after baby rescue


Family defends decision to sail around world after baby rescue

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 7, 2014

A video has been released of a daring rescue at sea, and many people now want to know what the parents of a sick baby were thinking.

A family was trying to sail around the world when their young daughter became violently ill and needed to be rescued.

The Air National Guard was called in to help and a crew parachuted into the ocean. They then used an inflatable boat to reach the sailboat, which was had become disabled and did not have steering or communication abilities.

The rescuers were able to stabilize the one-year-old girl, who had a fever and a rash that was not responding to medication, and the girl and her family were then picked up by the USS Vandegrift, a U.S. Navy frigate.

Many people are questioning the parents' decision to attempt such a trip with two young children, including posting negative comments on the family's Facebook page.

The parents are now defending its decision to sail around the world with their daughters.

"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," said Eric and Charlotte Kaufman in a written statement.

Family members say Eric Kaufman is a captain licensed by the Coast Guard and the family had been planning this trip for more than a decade.

The family left Mexico about two weeks ago with their daughters, three-year-old Cora and one-year-old Lyra. They were about 900 miles from Cabo San Lucas when Lyra became ill and their ship broke down.

The family began its trip in 2012.

The little girl is still on board the Navy ship and she and her family are expected to arrive in San Diego today.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to