Skip to comments.Navy warship reaches sailboat with sick toddler on board
Posted on 04/06/2014 5:37:57 AM PDT by ColdOne
SAN DIEGO A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl.
The transfer of the child from the 36-foot boat to the ship was expected to start around dawn, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said Sunday.
"Sometime this morning as soon as they get some light they are going to take the child off the boat and bring her aboard the naval vessel," Bena told The Associated Press.
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Taking young children on a trip like that on a 36 foot boat? Idiots! Have to be Obama voters.
Of course they are obama voters, otherwise the Navy would have be told not to help them!
Hope they get a bill.
How about a visit from child protective services? Remember the 16 year old FEMALE going round the world?
The parents taking a toddler on a trip like that????
They should be charged with child endangerment.
USAF Pararescue is there..... The little girl will live. PJ’s ....my little brother is a PJ....
“The California Air National Guard dispatched four rescuers, who parachuted into the water and reached the disabled vessel. The team was able to stabilize the girl and pointed the sailboat, which does not have steering or communication abilities, toward Mexico, the 129th Rescue Wing said in a statement.”
With of the posters here , good thing they weren’t around during the western migration in the late 1800’s , most of the westerns states would have never been settled.
This level of nautical stupidity reminds of the Indian (?) guy who bought a small boat in England a few years ago and planned to sail around the world. The boat sunk in the English Channel and he drown. His “trip” was a few miles.
If they are liberals they’ll sue the Navy for taking too long.
What on earth were they thinking? Taking a child that young so far from medical assistance- insane!
And child-care. Think of the lack of child-care!
“With of the posters here, good thing they werent around during the western migration in the late 1800s, most of the westerns states would have never been settled.”
I would accept your point if you could provide evidence these sailors with toddler in tow were attempting to settle a new land. Otherwise, this appears to be a simple case of parental dumbassed-ness.
It seems that many of the rugged individuals who profess not raising sissies and trying to protect everyone from everything, do not believe what the profess to preach.
Doctor gave them the go-ahead and they tried to be as prepared as possible - per the article, sometimes sickness happens. What a nation of cowering wimps we are becoming.
Man , idiot repossess such as yours , read a little history and let it sink in , the mayflower is one that comes to mind.
The child had had salmonells poisoning but they got an OK an left on trip.
And the article says the sail boat does not have steering or communication ability. Why would you sail around the world w/o either of those.
You can not fix stupid
Two unbelievably self-absorbed parents endanger their pre-school children who are too young to assist with ship's duties and too young remember the experience.
Before the family left, Lyra had salmonella poisoning, but doctors cleared her to travel after she was healthy again ...
Eric Kaufman is a Coast Guard-licensed captain ...”
When her sister first mentioned plans to sail with two young children, English recalled, "I thought it was nuts."
This last means the guy hand a six-pack license - can take 6 passengers for hire. The easiest license to get - a little sea time (sailing around your local bay will do), pass some open book navigation questions, etc., and presto instant captain.
Taking one’s two small children on such a lengthy open ocean voyage in a 36 foot tupperware sail boat, is the height of idiocy, let alone taking a child who is recuperating from salmonella poisoning (which may say something about the sanitary and food safety conditions in the home). It wasn’t “nuts” as the sister said, it was criminal.
Many of these sailboat types sail around in their local environment for a while, then decide to go somewhere in the open ocean because they consider themselves ‘proficient’ sailors ... way back when, their was a couple like this one who, after sailing around Puget Sound, WA, decided to take the family and sail to Hawaii. After a short stop at Neah Bay (at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca), they were never heard of again ...
Because they consider themselves not only accomplished sailors, but also look on gas power as something disdainful, stinky, and a polluter of the sacred environment, these day sailors frequently neglect the engine, which, in their view, is not really needed, but is too much trouble to remove.
I would not be surprised to learn they reported their initial position as southwest of the Golden Gate bridge ...
People go sailing in small boats on long passages with children all the time.
But it doesn’t seem this couple was very well prepared in spite of the article stating they are experienced sailors.
If a sailboat is afloat and has working sails it isn’t “crippled”.
Yet, they are only 900 miles out on a 30,000 mile circumnavigation and they have no steering, no power for communications, engine can’t be used, water leaking into the boat and the child is sick.
The real problem seems to be that they rushed their departure too soon after the child’s bout with salmonella and they don’t seem to have the ability to cope with equipment breakdowns.