A seriously ill baby girl stranded with her family nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean has safely boarded a San Diego-bound Navy ship following a daring rescue.
An elite, four-man team of Air National Guardsmen loaded 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman onto an inflatable raft early Sunday morning and ferried her to the USS Vandergrift, where sailors will care for her until they can reach a hospital.
Parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman of San Diego, had taken Lyra and her 3-year-old sister Cora along on what was supposed to be an epic voyage around the world. The family of four boarded their 36-foot sailboat, Rebel Heart, in March and was about 900 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when Lyra developed a rash and grew feverish.
The Kaufmans frantically sent out distress signals on Thursday morning to the Coast Guard. Within hours, the California-based 129 th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard had launched an MC-130P combat Shadow aircraft carrying the rescue crew. The men parachuted from the plane into the Pacific Ocean, inflated a raft and steered to the stranded sailboat.
They spent the next three nights with the family, caring for Lyra as they waited for the Navy ship.
The baby is in stable condition and is headed for San Diego for medical treatment.
Lyra suffered from salmonella poisoning before the trip but regained her health and had been cleared to travel.
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