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Navy warship reaches sailboat with sick toddler on board
foxnews.com ^ | 4/6/14 | ap

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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1 posted on 04/06/2014 5:37:57 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Taking young children on a trip like that on a 36 foot boat? Idiots! Have to be Obama voters.


2 posted on 04/06/2014 5:42:00 AM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Of course they are obama voters, otherwise the Navy would have be told not to help them!


3 posted on 04/06/2014 5:44:17 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: ColdOne

Hope they get a bill.


4 posted on 04/06/2014 5:50:12 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

How about a visit from child protective services? Remember the 16 year old FEMALE going round the world?


5 posted on 04/06/2014 5:51:10 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: ColdOne

The parents taking a toddler on a trip like that????

They should be charged with child endangerment.


6 posted on 04/06/2014 5:52:16 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ColdOne

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.”


7 posted on 04/06/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: ColdOne

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.


8 posted on 04/06/2014 5:58:22 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Wilderness Conservative

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.


9 posted on 04/06/2014 5:59:59 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: ColdOne

If they are liberals they’ll sue the Navy for taking too long.


10 posted on 04/06/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT by albie
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To: Wilderness Conservative

What on earth were they thinking? Taking a child that young so far from medical assistance- insane!


11 posted on 04/06/2014 6:04:30 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

And child-care. Think of the lack of child-care!


12 posted on 04/06/2014 6:06:18 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: piroque

“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.”

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.


13 posted on 04/06/2014 6:06:21 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: ColdOne
Lots of folks able to jump on the bandwagon and feel morally superior from the reactions below. Other than quick accessibility, not very different concept than taking a kid for a cross-country trip in a car.

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.

14 posted on 04/06/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Man , idiot repossess such as yours , read a little history and let it sink in , the mayflower is one that comes to mind.


15 posted on 04/06/2014 6:09:41 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: ColdOne

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
Freegards
LEX


16 posted on 04/06/2014 6:10:06 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: trebb
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.

Nothing rugged about spending millions in taxpayer dollars being rescued from a situation they put themselves in.
17 posted on 04/06/2014 6:12:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ColdOne
The toddler was recently treated for Salmonella (food?) poisoning. Only the best and brightest parents will subject an already weakened tot and her 3 year old sister to the rigors of an around-the-world sailing adventure.

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.

18 posted on 04/06/2014 6:14:38 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: ColdOne
“The Kaufmans, along with Lyra and 3-year-old Cora, were two weeks into a journey bound for the South Pacific islands and eventually New Zealand.

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 ...

19 posted on 04/06/2014 6:19:45 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: ColdOne

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.


20 posted on 04/06/2014 6:20:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: trebb

Nothing like tossing two little tots aboard who are too young to remember the adventure, and too young to assist with daily chores on the vessel. Apparently, you do not understand the rigors of sailing on the high seas, much less with two ankle biters.


21 posted on 04/06/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: ColdOne

Couples with this level of stupidity should not be allowed to breed.
They are probably from Rio Linda.


22 posted on 04/06/2014 6:31:22 AM PDT by Riptides
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To: ColdOne

A few years ago, we had a 33 footer in Ventura Harbor. I wasn’t comfortable enough with it’s size to even go to Catalina. At best, these parents were naïve; at worst they were stupid.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 6:33:16 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: ColdOne
USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate of the United States Navy. The ship was named for General Alexander A. Vandegrift (1887–1973), 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Vandegrift was built at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington, launched on 15 October 1982, and commissioned on 24 November 1984.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Vandegrift_(FFG-48)

Ronald Reagan legacy ship.

24 posted on 04/06/2014 6:37:17 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Uncle Chip
Wonder if the parents(?) will be in Grandfather Danger when they get back?
25 posted on 04/06/2014 6:43:04 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: piroque

Perhaps you should more clearly elaborate (without name-calling) on your point that these sailors were akin to those on the Mayflower.


26 posted on 04/06/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: BlueStateRightist; piroque
this appears to be a simple case of parental dumbassed-ness.

I might even go so far as to call this a publicity stunt to get their 15 minutes of whatever --

27 posted on 04/06/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: piroque
I'll have to relearn history. I don't recall knowing the Mayflower sailed the Pacific high seas with just two adults and two little ankle biters to share the 24/7 ship's duties.

I always thought there were about 100 passengers and 25 crew members when the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic.

28 posted on 04/06/2014 7:07:08 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: piroque

Our recliners and TVs and such have made us wimps. We have lost the spirit that made this country what is was. Not long now.


29 posted on 04/06/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: PIF

I agree with you 100%. I held a Master Near Coastal, 25GT License. A License makes you legal, it does not make you a true Captain. And 6 Pak also is no indication of the experience and wisdom needed to take other’s lives into your own hands.

I don’t fault the USCG. A person can have the “sea” time and pass the exams. Look at Captain Phillips. A large part of his crew don’t consider him to be qualified. You can’t fix stupid mistakes made from ego.

I also agree that a sail boat with working sails does not lack steering. A Captain can steer a sail boat, a License cannot.


30 posted on 04/06/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: trebb

“Other than quick accessibility, not very different concept than taking a kid for a cross-country trip in a car”

Spent much time at sea?

Sounds like the reaction of some “captains” I’ve run across. Who, incidently, I would not take a cross-country trip with.


31 posted on 04/06/2014 7:21:31 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: BlueStateRightist

I wish my head was as clear as these people. What a bunch of a wipes. And our military had to rescue them to boot.


32 posted on 04/06/2014 7:23:15 AM PDT by angcat
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To: ColdOne

But, but it was their parents dream and they were always careful.

There now that that is settled we can start planning our next sailing trip like our friends.

Makes sense to me, can’t deny the parents their dream.


33 posted on 04/06/2014 7:59:14 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: piroque

First thought that came to my mind.


34 posted on 04/06/2014 8:02:07 AM PDT by gettinolder
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Correct , I agree a lot of arm chair warriors on here .

Our recliners and TVs and such have made us wimps. We have lost the spirit that made this country what is was. Not long now.

35 posted on 04/06/2014 8:26:29 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: ican'tbelieveit
We have lost the spirit that made this country what is was. Not long now.

Tell us three things the two parents on the small boat with two tots did correctly to prepare for an around-the-world sailing adventure. I'll wait patiently for your answers.

36 posted on 04/06/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

whatever.


37 posted on 04/06/2014 8:57:04 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit
:::Crickets:::

Perhaps you also think the early adult explorers and settlers traveled in groups of two with a couple of tots in tow.

38 posted on 04/06/2014 9:00:40 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

sigh. truly lost.


39 posted on 04/06/2014 9:07:04 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ColdOne


40 posted on 04/06/2014 9:10:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
sigh. truly lost.

It is a shame you are truly lost. Too bad you don't get out and travel more. There is a whole lot of the US you have yet to see, and lots of world beyond. Boating is fun too, although safety and preparation should always come first.

41 posted on 04/06/2014 9:12:21 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: NautiNurse

You are a sheltered, weak, modern arm chair American. And your posts show it.

Oh, for the chill’n, we shouldn’t risk any danger for the chill’n.

I could die driving to the grocery store in my perfectly safe car, in my perfectly safe neighborhood tomorrow. And children could be harmed. Or, for goodness sake, die.

Please.


42 posted on 04/06/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Gadsden1st
I also agree that a sail boat with working sails does not lack steering.

I have to disagree. If the tiller is broken, depending on the wind, the sailboat is effectively disabled. Some "steering" may be effective downwind, without a tiller, you cannot tack or sail upwind.

43 posted on 04/06/2014 10:12:01 AM PDT by quimby
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

According to the article: “Then, their 36-foot sailboat lost steering and communication abilities about 900 miles off Mexico.”

So they did have it when they left, but lost it later.


44 posted on 04/06/2014 10:22:52 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

45 posted on 04/06/2014 10:23:58 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Thank you for qualifying that for me...sounds to me like they ought to pull them all off that boat or tow them into port to fix the steering...


46 posted on 04/06/2014 10:25:52 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: ColdOne

A 36 footer hundreds of miles off shore? What could go wrong?


47 posted on 04/06/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Bingo, like the balloon boy attention whores.


48 posted on 04/06/2014 11:26:41 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: NautiNurse

I’ve always said it’s good that I don’t have a boat or an airplane. Sooner or later I’d forget to do something important. And I’m smart enough to know it.


49 posted on 04/06/2014 11:49:30 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: citizen

I flew hang-gliders for 10 years. Then quit because I wasn’t thinking fast enough to be safe flying. You have to know and acknowledge your limitations, else you go splat.


50 posted on 04/06/2014 11:53:30 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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