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Family Rescued At Sea by Moffett Field Guard Gets Flak for Taking Baby on Around-the-World Odyessy

The family from the San Diego area was rescued at sea after their 1-year-old daughter became ill and their 36-foot sail boat encountered problems.

Credit: Boating family's photo from their voyage blog www.TheRebelHeart.com.
Credit: Boating family's photo from their voyage blog www.TheRebelHeart.com.
SAN DIEGO – A family rescued at sea by a Moffett Field-based Air National Guard team and the U.S. Navy after their sailboat became stranded is defending their decision to embark on an around-the-world journey with two small children, NBC reported.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman began the trip two weeks ago with their daughters, 1-year-old Lyra and 3-year-old Cora. Lyra became ill Thursday, suffering from a rash and a fever and the 36-foot sail boat lost communications and steering,NBC reported.

[Previous story: Moffett Field Guard Update: Family on Boat Rescued; Sick Baby Being Treated. The 129th Rescue Wing team jumped from a plane as part of a mission to reach a sick 1-year-old on a stranded sailboat off the coast of Mexico.]

Some members of the Kaufman's own family criticized the decision to take the trip.

"We are proud of our choices and our preparation, and while we are disappointed that we lost our sailboat and our home, we remain grateful for those who came to our aid and those family and friends who continue to encourage and support us," Eric and Charlotte wrote in a statement, NBC reported.

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