Sailing Dad Calls Rescuers "Heroes," "Best of the Best" - NBC 7 San Diego

Sailing Dad Calls Rescuers "Heroes," "Best of the Best"



    Just hours after returning to San Diego, a father who had been stranded at sea thanked those who came to his family’s rescue. NBC 7 military reporter Bridget Naso has the latest from Naval Base San Diego. (Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

    The man who was rescued during a complex military operation at sea has kind words for those who came to his aid.

    Just a few hours after arriving at NAS North Island Wednesday, Eric Kaufman tweeted a response to NBC 7 military reporter Bridget Naso:


    Eric last tweeted on Monday. He let his followers know that the family was safe and that he would talk to the media “after we catch our breath.” There is no word when that could happen.

    Two weeks ago, Eric, his wife Charlotte and their two young daughters set sail from Mexico to Tahiti aboard a 36-foot sailboat, the “Rebel Heart.”

    Last Thursday, 1-year-old Lyra fell seriously ill just as the family’s boat lost steering capabilities.

    That night, the California Air National Guard dropped four pararescuemen from a plane into the ocean. Those men climbed aboard the sailboat and stabilized the baby.

    On Saturday, USS Vandegrift reached the family and the National Guardsmen and headed back to San Diego.