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Family Rescued At Sea Defends Decision to Take Baby on Around-the-World Odyessy

Trending: A family with ties to the San Diego area was rescued at sea after their 1-year-old daughter became ill and their 36-foot sail boat encountered problems.

Screen grab from NBC 7: Family Rescued at Sea
Screen grab from NBC 7: Family Rescued at Sea
SAN DIEGO – A family rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy after their sailboat became stranded is defending their decision to embark on an around-the-world journey with two small children, NBC reported.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman began the trip two weeks ago with their daughters, 1-year-old Lyra and 3-year-old Cora. Lyra became ill Thursday, suffering from a rash and a fever and the 36-foot sail boat lost communications and steering, NBC reported.

Some members of the Kaufman's own family criticized the decision to take the trip.

"We are proud of our choices and our preparation, and while we are disappointed that we lost our sailboat and our home, we remain grateful for those who came to our aid and those family and friends who continue to encourage and support us," Eric and Charlotte wrote in a statement, NBC reported.
Igor April 10, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Forget it Larry, you can talk till you are blue in the face. There is no way you can convince me or a hell of a lot of other people that these people use good sense taking 2 children (one being as infant) out on the high seas in a boat that small. I spent a few years in the USS Navy. I was on a destroyer which a lot bigger than that boat they were on. I've seen all kinds of storms. Storms so big that green water washed on the bridge. I've seen gun mounts rips from their supports. Larry I assume when you went on these missions you didn't have 2 small children with you. I pretty sure but not certain that if you went to your commanding officers and asked if you could take your two children on a mission he would have said no. Naval ships are not design for rescue mission of this sort. They can do it but it's a lot more difficult, the ships that the Coast Guard use are more adapted to do this.
Larry Gotch April 10, 2014 at 08:20 AM
OK, Igor, I see your point. We used to pit our son in the fruit hammock on the sailboat while having dinner when he was an infant. We took him everywhere we went. Today, he speaks 5 languages plays the piano and violin. He was captain of his sailing team in high school and also at INSEAD in France where he got his MBA. Now he is very successful in New York City real-estate. The experiences we gave him and the risks we took having our child with us on the water since the beginning must have been a mistake.
Igor April 10, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Then you are to be congratulated. It's nice to hear something good worked out . I do think you were extremely lucky.
TrapLoJo April 11, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Got no problem them taking their kids on their boat- free country- but they pay when it goes south. Their prob, not ours.
Igor April 11, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Yes a free country but not for the kids. They have no say in the matter. But if the boat goes down, they go down with it.

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