A San Diego family that became stranded in the Pacific Ocean with their sick 1-year-old daughter is due to return home today aboard an American warship.
The Navy announced that the USS Vandegrift, a guided missile frigate, will first make a previously scheduled stop at Naval Air Station North Island to load ordnance.
The vessel's sailors pulled Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their 1-year- old child, Lyra, from their stricken 36-foot sailboat Sunday about 925 miles off Cabo San Lucas. Lyra had reportedly developed a rash and was feverish, and the boat, the Rebel Heart, lost its steering and some of its radios.
The family had spent about two weeks at sea on this leg of their trip around the world. The rescue mission was initiated Thursday because Lyra was not responding to antibiotics, according to broadcast reports. The others on board included her parents and 3-year-old sister, Cora.
A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended Lyra be seen by medical personnel within two days, and a four-man team from the Bay Area-based 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard parachuted into the ocean to board the Rebel Heart Thursday evening. The Pararescuemen have remained aboard the frigate.
The parents and children were last reported to be in stable condition by the Coast Guard.
According to the Navy, the Kaufmans asked to get off the ship when it makes its stop in Coronado and do not wish to speak with reporters at that time. They will go from the base to see their family physician, the Navy said.