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Old 05-04-2014, 21:21   #301
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Re: Forum Member's boat and daughter in trouble off of Mexico

When we were in La Paz recently there was measles going around , I believe rebel heart was there and maybe the old child was the one infected at that time. Any comment?
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Well I am here to help but as you know I am a long long way away from the action (unlike last time).

I think any set up or control of banking or funds etc should be based in USA as that is where the main players will be.

I will certainly be contributing $ if this gets off the ground. At this stage I am speculating that Eric will be able to communicate with us soon as this will help us to get some traction on the best course of action to take.

In the meantime, let's keep the ideas flowing in...

And if there is anything you think I can help with, please let me know.


+10 it is all about time zones as well so it would be great you have you onboard for the night shift!

perhaps pallaran and kenomac would offer their services as trustees for any funds involved,as i'm sure would nolex and other moderators should the need arise.
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If someone has connections with a US bank there may be a possibility of getting a donations account setup. I would hate to see someone get stuck with a tax bill due to receiving the donations.
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in contact with sairah ,erics sister now, hopefully will be able to speak to eric soon and see what we can do.
Ask her to set up a PayPal account to accept donations for them and post the link on the forums.
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Ask her to set up a PayPal account to accept donations for them and post the link on the forums.
good idea will run it by the mods and trustees .

perhaps for the "rebel hearts" we should set up a fund regardless, as once they hit land they will need a cushion.
wether or not it is feasible to save the boat.
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Re: Forum Member's boat and daughter in trouble off of Mexico

There is already one set up on the "Women Who Sail" Facebook group. Anyone a member there that can share the details?
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Seems like this will get diluted. Best if the donations request was on rebels blog or already known entity. Just removes one path of suspicion. Also then it's accounted for by rebel.


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Ask her to set up a PayPal account to accept donations for them and post the link on the forums.
That's the best way to do it.

When you donate, make sure you send it as a gift to family, that way they don't get any fees deducted. It usually only takes 2 or 3 business days for them to transfer the funds to their bank account.
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Well, the Ruskies could have, but they would have invaded and annexed the Marquesas, the Galapagos, and Panama to get there.
It's true -- the Russian MChS has incredible capabilities and some really cool equipment.

But in view of their recent naughty behavior, I think we wouldn't invite them to help out . . .
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This is a vary sad story about Eric and his family. Thank God they are all safe. They worked so hard to get there boat ready. I wish them well.

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This guy I know is trying to get some money together or has some together in Boston, MA to go recover their boat for them. He needs some help to find where to put the funds should go out to get her. He said he needs people to call him now he is a former salvage guy. Please pm me for his number.
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They have not been rescued yet
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As a father that cruised with two kids, I can tell you that if one of my kids was in medical distress to the point where we needed to call for a chopper rescue, my wife and I would be waving goodbye to our boat from the chopper window without hesitation. A boat is replaceable your family isn't.
Bingo!! Eric is putting his family first, so he has my best wishes and complete support.
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As a father that cruised with two kids, I can tell you that if one of my kids was in medical distress to the point where we needed to call for a chopper rescue, my wife and I would be waving goodbye to our boat from the chopper window without hesitation.

A boat is replaceable your family isn't.
I have no kids so maybe I shouldn't even comment, but it's only my opinion so who care.

How does both parents abandoning the boat solve anything? Sure the parents can emotionally support each other but the crisis is essentially over is it not? The child is stabilized and out of danger, at least that's what I understand. For both to abandon their home when the immediate danger has passed seems like an overreaction to me. He can save his boat, saving his child is no longer an issue.
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From KTVU San Francisco
A U.S. Navy warship was nearing a disabled sailboat late Saturday night on a mission to rescue a 1-year-old girl who fell ill while her family was attempting to sail around the world.
Slicing the Pacific at 25 knots, the USS Vandegrift was expected to reach the Rebel Heart in the late Saturday evening or early Sunday, a Navy spokeswoman said.
The 36-foot sailboat was about 900 miles off the Mexican coast when it sent a satellite ping for help to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday about a sick child. A family member says the boat is owned by a San Diego couple, Charlotte and Eric Kaufman, whose daughter, Lyra, had developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and who wasn't responding to medications.
The California Air National Guard dispatched four rescuers, who parachuted into the water and reached the disabled vessel. The team was able to stabilize the girl and pointed the sailboat, which does not have steering or communication abilities, toward Mexico, the 129th Rescue Wing said in a statement Saturday.
The rescuers stayed aboard the Rebel Heart and are keeping watch on the ill child until the Navy frigate arrives to transfer them to shore. The girl still requires medical treatment, and the rescuers planned to stay with her until she reaches a hospital, the statement said.
The USS Vandegrift is equipped with an inflatable boat and a helicopter, but no decision has been made yet about the mode of transfer until officials can evaluate the sea conditions and other factors, said Lt. Lenaya Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet.
The Kaufmans, along with Lyra and 3-year-old Cora, were two weeks into a journey bound for the South Pacific islands and eventually New Zealand.
Before the family left, Lyra had salmonella poisoning, but doctors cleared her to travel after she was healthy again, said Charlotte Kaufman's sister, Sariah Kay English.
English initially was in daily email contact with the family but realized something was wrong when the communication stopped several days ago.
English said she was told the vessel took on water every time the motor was turned on. It's now slowly moving using only the sails.
When her sister first mentioned plans to sail with two young children, English recalled, "I thought it was nuts."
But English said the couple were always careful. Eric Kaufman is a Coast Guard-licensed captain who introduced sailing to Charlotte Kaufman during one of their early dates.
"They were not going into this blind. I knew they were doing this wisely," English said.
English said the couple made a network of friends who traveled around the globe with children and always stocked the sailboat with more food than they need.
"They were very overcautious. They're not new at sailing," English said. Unfortunately, "sickness sometimes happens."

Story posted 2014.04.05 at 10:14 PM PDT



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