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You do NOT want to get stuck at sea with a sick child, but luckily rescue wasn't far off.

Sick toddler rescued from stranded sailboat

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:08 PM -

It must have been a nightmare for Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, but it's not almost at an end.

The couple were just two weeks into a round the world trip aboard their sailboat, when when their one-year-old daughter developed a fever and a rash over much of her body, and wasn't responding to treatment.

Then their boat lost steering and communication abilities, more than 1,000 km off the coast of Mexico, forcing them to send an S.O.S. by satellite to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday.

Although coast guard ships were a couple of days distant, four California Air National Guardsmen were parachuted into the ocean near the boat and came aboard. They stabilized the child, and stayed with the family until a coast guard ship arrived Sunday to take the girl to shore for treatment.

Lyra had salmonella poisoning prior to the voyage, but was cleared by doctors before the boat set out.

Charlotte Kaufman's sister told the Associated Press that Eric Kaufman was a coast guard-licensed captain, and the couple had sailing experience and packed more food than they thought they would need.

With files from the Associated Press.

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