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Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of kilometres off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick one-year-old girl.

"...the sailboat, which does not have steering or communication abilities" - this can't be right. According to the article the sailboat takes on water when the engine runs, so "It's now slowly moving using only the sails." Doesn't mention any issue with the rudder etc. I guess that must be another example of journalistic accuracy in action.

I hope all goes well with the transfer, and with the family's voyage.
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

If it didn't have communication capabilities, how'd they radio the Navy that they had a sick child and needed help? Fox showed several (four) rescue divers jumping from the rear of a C130 and said that they administered medication to the child. Never mentioned a problem with the weather or the boat. (I'm assuming that this is the same story you are referring to after all how many one year olds need emergency attention while sailing on a boat in any given day?) The bigger question in Fox news's mind was: Should they be allowed to sail with an infant on board and/or should they be required to pay the cost of providing the emergency services? HMMM. I'll get my popcorn and THEN let the discourse begin!
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The reportage here sounds just like when it's a firearm story: minimum BS content of 75%. Clueless reporters spewing sensational, headline-grabbing soundbites for the clueless audience to be thrilled and appalled by.

The ethics question is worthy of debate; it would just be nice if the media would do their job half as well as the Navy does theirs.
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

A sailing boat moving only using its sails? How is that even possible?
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

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If it didn't have communication capabilities, how'd they radio the Navy that they had a sick child and needed help? Fox showed several (four) rescue divers jumping from the rear of a C130 and said that they administered medication to the child. Never mentioned a problem with the weather or the boat. (I'm assuming that this is the same story you are referring to after all how many one year olds need emergency attention while sailing on a boat in any given day?) The bigger question in Fox news's mind was: Should they be allowed to sail with an infant on board and/or should they be required to pay the cost of providing the emergency services? HMMM. I'll get my popcorn and THEN let the discourse begin!
Children have been sailing as long as humans have been sailing and by all accounts, this family was well prepared, and, the impression is that the child became ill after some time at sea. I don't see how blame can be placed on the parents.
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

Wow, the comments that people are leaving on their blog are horrific! Apparently the fat folks munching cheetoes on their couches watching the news have strong opinions about sailing with kids. Child abuse? Demanding that CPS take their kids away from them permanently....

I'm just going to stop talking now, before the pressure builds and the gasket blows....

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A sailing boat moving only using its sails? How is that even possible?

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But the usa has free speech.
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Re: Ocean baby rescue underway off Mexico

The family has, apparently, been transferred to the awaiting Navy ship and are enroute back to San Diego, having abandoned their boat.

Stranded Family With Sick Baby Boards Navy Rescue Ship | NBC 7 San Diego
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