Family Rescued at Sea With Sick Baby Arrives in San Diego

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The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned to San Diego on Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra.


The girl, her 3-year-old sister and their parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman. (Credit: AP)

The 1-year-old’s rescue from her family’s crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard, and, finally, the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from its training mission off Southern California.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters — Lyra and 3-year-old Cora — disembarked at the Naval Air Station North Island when the ship docked to take on ordnance for an upcoming anti-drug-smuggling deployment off South America.

The Kaufmans had faced criticism for taking their children on what was planned as a yearlong around-the-world sailing voyage. They disembarked at North Island to avoid reporters, officials said.

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