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Might of US Navy races to save
ONE-YEAR-OLD baby after parents
took her sailing around the world:
Multimillion dollar warship sails to*

Daily Mail [UK], by Jessica Jerreat

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 4/6/2014 5:23:47 AM

The U.S. Navy is on a mission to save a baby girl after she fell seriously sick about 900 miles off the Mexico coast, during a round-the-world voyage. San Diego couple Eric and Charlotte Kaufman called for help from the Coast Guard on Thursday, after their youngest daughter, Lyra, fell sick. A team was parachuted in on Thursday to get medical help to the one-year-old, but she needs to be airlifted to hospital. The USS Vandegrift is due to rendezvous with the family and their 36ft sailboat Rebel Heart later today, or early tomorrow. It will then whisk Lyra away for medical

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*American family´s yacht 900 miles from shore after toddler fell ill

First reaction: Charge the parents with child neglect, seize the boat, sell it, make them send payments to the USN--for the rest of their lives if necessary.

Second: If that had been someone 60 or older, I bet they would have been told to deal with it.

Third: Make it highly illegal to take people under 14 or 16 (?) on such dangerous journeys--heavy fine for each kid aboard.

Fourth: I bet they´re Obama voters.

Fifth: Are they signed up for OScare; if so, will it cover these expenses?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/6/2014 6:55:06 AM     (No. 9799546)

Parents with no brains whatsoever. The Navy should send them a whopping bill and use the money for cuts Barry imposed on them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Elvira, 4/6/2014 7:02:10 AM     (No. 9799551)

I submit this comment to vote a big Amen to OP!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kansas Conservative, 4/6/2014 7:51:59 AM     (No. 9799596)

This story gets on my nerves. These idiot parents sail off into a dangerous ocean with their toddler and baby. What about pirates? What about bad weather? What about illness? "Who cares", the selfish parents respond. "It is our right to do whatever we want because we are entitled."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: AGGW, 4/6/2014 7:59:40 AM     (No. 9799608)

Stupidity personified.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jerseygal, 4/6/2014 8:16:17 AM     (No. 9799631)

Wow - LDotters - everyone´s in a judgemental mood this morning. I though we were all about freedom. It might not be a choice a lot of people would make, but they certainly don´t appear to be terrible parents. Ease up!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Right Republican, 4/6/2014 8:29:25 AM     (No. 9799646)

No no no. You don´t get it. Sure they have the freedom to go on that trip. But with freedom comes responsibility. They get to choose whether to take their children on that trip but we don´t get to choose how to spend our valuable tax monies--whether our Navy could be doing something other than chasing after one sick person on one boat 900 miles from no where...

They only made that trip because they knew nothing would go wrong because they felt entitled to the entire rescue apparatus of the USA if they got into trouble.

Make them reimburse the Navy for the expense of the efforts.

There ain´t no such thing as a free lunch!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jerseygal, 4/6/2014 8:34:09 AM     (No. 9799654)

The US Navy and USCG rescue/assist thousands of people every year. I guess none of them should have ventured out on their boats.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/6/2014 8:48:53 AM     (No. 9799671)

Hard cases make for bad law.

The Navy would be out there doing training exercises anyway.

Even if we aren´t engaged in a war everyone in the military is still on the damn payroll and needs something to do every day.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: NancyD, 4/6/2014 8:58:18 AM     (No. 9799677)

A 36 ft vessel is very SMALL. There is no way I´d ever take an infant and a 3 yr old out on a boat like that in the ocean to sail around the world.

I think it isn´t responsible to do something like that. Those sailboats have a small diesel engine that would be used if they needed in in an emergency and they´d maybe travel at 3-5 mph. What if it capsized? It doesn´t take much to flip a boat of that size.

I couldn´t agree to get a boat until I knew that all of our children could swim and tread water for an extended amount of time. And we just boat the Great Lakes.

I´m all for freedom, but freedom doesn´t equate stupidity and risky behavior that involves the most innocent.

Why not wait a few years when the kids can actually remember the adventure?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: strike3, 4/6/2014 9:22:28 AM     (No. 9799704)

#8 nails it. The Navy is out there every day, burning fuel and feeding sailors. I´m sure they felt the need to do something useful instead of the endless patrols that accomplish very little except a show of strength.

At least that´s how I felt when I watched an empty horizon and tracked invisible submarines for four years.

There will always be stupid people in the world that get into trouble, mountain climbers, divers, lost hikers. That´s why rescue services exist.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 4/6/2014 9:39:32 AM     (No. 9799719)

I have heard in some cases that people who require rescue are charged for it. However, not sure about out at sea. I think I have read about cases in the mountains when hikers get fined. At any rate, hope the baby is okay.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: HPmatt, 4/6/2014 10:11:32 AM     (No. 9799753)

You guys ever been in an ocean - our Navy ships our ´out there´ - but it is like having a police car get a trouble call from ´somewhere in the US´ - the oceans are that huge - covering 2/3 of the earth - US Navy occupies a tiny speck of the ocean surface at any one time. Look at the response to the dummies in Antartica this winter, or the time it takes for ships to look for the missing plane. Don´t spend my tax money, and the ´small´ Navy budget - to go help out some hiker that decided to climb Mt MkKinley in the winter.....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative, 4/6/2014 10:34:09 AM     (No. 9799794)

Just balancing the demands of family, careers and sailing around the world. No pediatrician in the blue water Pacific?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 4/6/2014 10:53:34 AM     (No. 9799835)

Gee, why not a Nuclear Sub? They´re way faster? s/o

What a horrific waste of taxpayer expenses. In the past private citizens would dispatch their yachts complete with helicopters for such rescue missions. Believe me, they´re out there. Paul Allen of Microsoft fame has a couple of huge ones, and so does every Saudi Prince.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 4/6/2014 11:00:00 AM     (No. 9799845)

It baffles me that they would do this with infant children. The children won´t remember the experience, and the experience would be diminished for the parents as well since the children are so young.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: devnull, 4/6/2014 11:00:36 AM     (No. 9799847)

Roger that, #10. Squids live for this kind of stuff. And as a former member of the world´s finest navy, I love these kinds of stories. I also love shooting down satellites, sniping pirates on the open ocean, and popping Bin Laden up-close and personal like. What say you now, Air Force?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: columba, 4/6/2014 11:54:37 AM     (No. 9799937)

How much is a human baby worth. To Planned Parenthood: about $147 - but dead. To others - perhaps there is no realistic earthly price.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/6/2014 12:41:08 PM     (No. 9799999)

Aw, c´mon! What´s the diff of American tax dollars going to save this baby girl- costing probably 1.2 to 1.7 million, or taking Moochie´s Mommy to China for a $8,700 a night hotel extravaganza Vacay? Please...if we´re gonna pay for one, we otta pay for all...right? Or am I wrong?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 4/6/2014 3:09:07 PM     (No. 9800162)

# 16

"What say you now, Air Force? "

"Aren´t our uniforms Fabulous?!´

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JimJr, 4/7/2014 11:55:09 AM     (No. 9801098)

Is it that much different from popping them in the car and setting off on a cross-country trip? Several years ago a family of 4 made the mistake of selecting the "shortest" route rather than the "fastest" route for a "point of interest" in the Death Valley area. Their remains (and stuck minivan) were found more than 6 months later on a seldom used (and well out of cell coverage) 4x4 trail.

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