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)
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)
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill and had to be rescued from a sailboat attempting to circle the world are defending their decision to sail with children.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said Sunday they remain confident they were prepared for the journey and are proud of their choices.

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Their statement came hours after U.S. sailors rescued the couple, the baby girl and her 3-year-old sister.

Their sailboat broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast, and the Kaufmans sent a satellite call for help on Thursday when the baby fell ill and wasn’t responding to medications.

Four California Air National Guard members parachuted into the water and reached the boat Thursday night. The crew stabilized the girl and stayed with her until a Navy ship arrived.