Transcript for Family Adventure Turned Into a Life-or-Death Rescue
Family adventure that turned into a rescue far out at sea almost 1000 miles from land. Tonight the parents defend their decision to take their small children on the epic voyage that ended with a call for help. Were they reckless ABC's Cecilia Vega tells us why the parents say they are not to blame. They -- -- family stranded Dixie. Never in my. While Austrians but I think that -- we were the going to be the people who had to be rescued Eric in Charlotte Kaufman and their two young daughters were 900 miles off the coast of Mexico. Eighteen days into their sailing journey across the Pacific and the Kaufman's were in dire need of a rescue. They're satellite phone no longer worked and their one year old daughter Lira was sick with fever and a rash. We -- he has an emergency position indicating radio beacon and we activated it we sat. With no communication for twelve hours just waiting you don't even know that they received no I -- -- and we used you -- you push a button and you hope it works. But help was on the way national Guardsmen. Parachuted out of the plane into the frigid waters boarding a sailboat and stabilizing reroute doctors now believe she had tiny -- or Salmonella. The word that kept coming out put out your trip was the work -- -- yeah what do you say to that we disagree. We're both experienced sailors we've raised her daughters on a sailboat. We were very well prepared. We knew we were doing. The Kaufman's planned to sue their satellite phone carrier saying it cut off their only connection to land while they were stranded. They want to pay back taxpayers for the cost of the rescue with any money they might win in court -- bring your kids on this trip. Why -- why it with the -- let -- -- live your life they have no regrets they say the Kaufman's parents and children. Hope to hit a high seas again soon Cecilia Vega ABC news San Diego.
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