Sick baby transferred from sailboat to warship
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:33:37 GMT —
U.S. sailors have rescued a family with a sick baby from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast.
The Coast Guard says the 1-year-old girl, her parents and her 3-year-old sister boarded the USS Vandegrift this morning and are on their way to San Diego, where the baby will get for medical treatment. The frigate is expected to arrive in San Diego midweek.
Authorities said the 36-foot sailboat, which lost steering and communication abilities, sent a satellite call for help on Thursday.
A California Air National Guard crew parachuted into the water and reached the boat Thursday night. The crew stabilized the girl and stayed by her side until the Navy ship arrived.
A relative said the girl's family was attempting to circle the world.