- Associated Press - Saturday, April 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Navy warship is heading toward a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast to rescue a 1-year-old child who fell ill.

Traveling at 25 knots, the USS Vandegrift was expected to reach the Rebel Heart later Saturday.

The San Diego family aboard the 36-foot sailboat was on a trip around the world when one of them made a satellite call for help Thursday about 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas.


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The California Air National Guard immediately deployed four pararescuemen who reached the vessel and gave medications to the girl. A relative says the child developed a rash and fever.

The family and pararescuemen now waited for the Navy ship to transfer them to shore.