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Navy warship reaches sailboat carrying sick toddler; rescue to start around dawn

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This undated image provided by Sariah English shows Eric and Charlotte Kaufman with their daughters, Lyra, 1, and Cora, 3. Rescuers have stabilized the condition Lyra, with her family on a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the coast of Mexico, and a U.S. Navy warship was headed toward the vessel, officials said Friday night, April 4, 2014. Their boat, the 36-foot Rebel Heart, was about 900 nautical miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas when they sent a satellite call for help to the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday morning saying their 1-year-old girl aboard was ill. (AP Photo/Sariah English)The Associated Press

A U.S. Navy warship has reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing to rescue a sick 1-year-old girl.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Barry Bena says the ship will wait until around dawn Sunday before starting to transfer the child from the 36-foot boat to the ship.

The sailboat with two parents and their two young children aboard was on a cruise around the world when they sent a satellite ping for help about the ailing child.

A family member says she had developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and who wasn't responding to medications.

Four California Air National Guard rescuers parachuted to reach the vessel, and the team stabilized the girl and point the sailboat toward Mexico.

Now the U.S. Navy warship USS Vandegrift is on scene to complete the rescue mission.

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