USS Vandegrift sailors talk about rescuing family

USS Vandegrift sailors talk about rescuing family

[trib_ndn vid=25797728]SAN DIEGO — The USS Vandegrift pulled into port Wednesday afternoon carrying a crew pleased with how they carried out their unexpected mission of rescuing a family stranded at sea.USS Vandergrift

“I will say this is not something you train for. The fact my crew was able to turn on a dime — get ready for a real-life rescue mission was amazing,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. Daryl Robbin.

The USS Vandegrift was off the coast of Southern California Friday when it was re-directed south to help Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters — Cora and Lyra, ages 3 and 1.  The family’s 36-foot boat, the Rebel Heart, lost power about 1,000 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas and their youngest daughter fell ill.

The day before, the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing sent a four-man Guardian Angel team that parachuted into the ocean…

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