Transcript for Parents Rescued by Navy Warship Tell Their Side of the Story
Benitez, ABC news, America. Incredibly tragic. To that family rescued at sea by a U.S. Navy warship three months ago speaking out for the first time this morning in an exclusive. The parents were called irresponsible for bringing their young children on the trip and Cecilia Vega has that story for us. Reporter: It was a trip Eric and Charlotte Kaufman spent years planning, sailing all the way from Mexico to New Zealand with their two young daughters. How long was that supposed to take? About 3,000 miles. Reporter: But 18 days in it came to a crashing end. They that they were stranded in the pacific ocean 900 miles off shore. Their 1-year-old daughter sick and in dire need of rescue. That's when we realized we entered a very bad spot. Reporter: The parents who face harsh criticism for bringing their children on that adventurous sea this morning are telling their story for the first time. Why bring them on this trip? Why -- why wouldn't you? This is how we are living. Reporter: Lira had fever and a rash. The antibiotics they brought weren't working. It was only getting worse. What did you do? We grabbed the emergency position indicating beacon and activated it and then we sat there. Reporter: 12 hours after they hit that button national guardsmen parachuted out of a plane into the frigid waters to save this baby. To see people show up is amazing. Members of the 129th rescue wing stabilized her. They believe she had typhoid or salmonella but the journey wasn't over. It took three more days for the "Uss Vandergrift" to reach them. Only then did they learn about the firestorm of online criticism. The word Ka kept coming up was the word reckless. What do you say to that? We're both experienced sailors and raised our daughters on a sailboat. We were very prepared. We knew what we were doing. Reporter: They plan to sue their satellite phone carrier that cut off their only connection to land while stranded. They hope any money they mite win will help pay back taxpayers for the cost of the rescue and buy a new boat. It was purposely sunk after it was sunk during the journey. I can't wait to get back. Amazing lifestyle. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Cecilia Vega, ABC news, San Diego. I don't think taxpayers would mind at all being reimbehrsed for that. See if it it happen.
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