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Sick baby's parents defend sailing trip with kids

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April 6, 2014 09:50 PM EST | AP

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill and had to be rescued from a sailboat attempting to circle the world are defending their decision to sail with children.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said Sunday they remain confident they were prepared for the journey and are proud of their choices.

Their statement came hours after U.S. sailors rescued the couple, the baby girl and her 3-year-old sister.

Their sailboat broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast, and the Kaufmans sent a satellite call for help on Thursday when the baby fell ill and wasn't responding to medications.

Four California Air National Guard members parachuted into the water and reached the boat Thursday night. The crew stabilized the girl and stayed with her until a Navy ship arrived.