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Navy warship en route to sick infant on sailboat

Apr. 5, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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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 frigate 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.

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 wait for the Navy ship to transfer them to shore.

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