Sailing family back in US with ailing baby

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FILE – This undated file image provided by Sariah English shows Eric and Charlotte Kaufman with their daughters, Lyra, 1, and Cora, 3. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don’t charge for search-and-rescue missions. “We don’t want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they’ll be charged for assistance,” said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sariah English. File)

FILE – This undated file image provided by Sariah English shows Eric and Charlotte Kaufman with their daughters, Lyra, 1, and Cora, 3. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don’t charge for search-and-rescue missions. “We don’t want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they’ll be charged for assistance,” said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sariah English. File)

FILE – In this April 6, 2014, file photo, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from the frigate USS Vandegrift assist in the rescue of the Kaufman family with a sick infant on the ship’s small boat, as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill 1-year-old, Lyra Kaufman, and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don’t charge for search-and-rescue missions. “We don’t want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they’ll be charged for assistance,” said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)

FILE – This undated file image provided by Sariah English shows the Rebel Heart sailboat. The boat carrying the Kaufman family became the site of a U.S. Navy rescue Sunday, April 6, 2014, after the family’s small daughter, 1-year-old Lyra, became ill. None of the three federal agencies that helped rescue the ill toddler and her family from their broken down sailboat about 900 miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast plan to seek reimbursement for the cost of the operation. Officials from the Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they don’t charge for search-and-rescue missions. “We don’t want people in trouble at sea to hesitate to call for help for fear they’ll be charged for assistance,” said Lt. Anna Dixon of the 11th Coast Guard District, which oversaw the operation but did not send vessels or aircraft to the stranded sailboat. She said that helping at sea is a time-honored tradition and a requirement of international maritime convention. The Navy warship that picked up the family on Sunday is expected to reach San Diego on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sariah English, File)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego.

The arrival came six days after Charlotte and Eric Kaufman used their satellite phone to call for help from 900 miles off the coast of Mexico as their 1-year-old daughter Lyra was vomiting and suffering from diarrhea and fever.

California Air National Guard members parachuted down to the 36-foot sailboat on Thursday — the same day the distress call was made. The Navy rescue ship arrived on Sunday.

The girl quickly responded to new medication for her salmonella-like symptoms. Her 3-year-old sister was also on the boat.

The warship carrying the family docked at Naval Air Station North Island, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lenaya Rotklein said.

The Kaufmans did not wish to speak publicly. They want to tend to their daughter first and get some rest, Charlotte Kaufman’s sister, Sariah English, said.

The Kaufmans’ decision to sail around the world with Lyra and her sister Cora has struck a chord with parents — angering some who accuse them of endangering their children and drawing admiration from others for having the courage and determination to follow their dream.

“The rescuers have to risk their own lives to help people who do these kinds of stupid things on purpose, and I don’t think that’s right,” said Margaret Dilloway, a San Diego novelist who has three children, adding that she thinks the family should have to foot part of the bill for the rescue operation.

“They’ll probably go on the ‘Today’

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