April 5 - Parachuters from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing jump towards a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a sick baby on board. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A four-member rescue team from the California's Air National Guard parachuted to a 36-foot sailing vessel to provide immediate medical attention to a seriously ill baby on Thursday (April 3).
An American family had been sailing across the Pacific Ocean for several weeks on board the vessel known as "Rebel Heart," when their 1-year-old daughter became severely ill, officials said.
Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, along with their daughters Cora, 3, and 1-year-old Lyra sailed from Mexico on March 19 toward islands in the South Pacific and eventually New Zealand, according to therebelheart.com, where they have been writing about their sometimes stormy voyage.
The family sent out a distress call by satellite from their boat, named Rebel Heart, on Thursday (April 3) about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) off Mexico's Pacific coast.
That prompted a team from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing to fly out to sea in a military transport plane from their base at Moffett Federal Airfield near San Francisco, said spokesman Second Lieutenant Roderick Bersamina.
Four men, laden with medical gear and other supplies, were able to parachute from the plane into the ocean. They inflated a dinghy, motored toward the boat and boarded to treat the girl.
The baby's condition has stabilized, but she still requires medical treatment.
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