TODAY   |  April 06, 2014

Navy warship reaches family at sea with sick baby

A dramatic rescue is continuing to play out at sea. The United States Navy and the California Air National Guard are working together to bring a sick baby, who is stranded on a boat out at sea, to safety. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> turning to the high stakes rescue mission under way, that mission to get medical care to a 1-year-old girl, she's been sick for days, stranded on her family's sailboat, hundreds of miles offshore. a navy ship is on the seen ready to bring lyra and her family to safety. miguel almaguer has the latest.

>> good morning. the air national guard says they are waiting for sunrise before the family can be brought aboard a u.s. navy ship. the rescue mission under way at this very hour, the family nearly safe. this is the drama playing out in the high seas , new video showing a rescue team deploying into the open ocean to bring a 1-year-old girl and her family to safety.

>> totally stoked and there you go.

>> reporter: for eric and charlotte kaufman , it started as their dream trip. they planned to sail the world, their kids, 3-year-old cora and 1-year-old lyra along for the journey of a lifetime. but the cameras stopped rolling when they ran into trouble. after setting sail from san diego to the south pacific two weeks ago, the 36 foot rebel heart lost power and steering. in rough waters 900 nautical miles off the coast of mexico, a mayday call, lyra was seriously ill. the california air national guard and the navy dispatched rescue teams.

>> if you were to take a navy s.e.a.l., take a paramedic and throw in a few more years of training, that is a para rescueman.

>> reporter: after spotting the family in the middle of the ocean, crews plunged into the water and boarded the sailboat. lyra is safe. the kaufman 's extended family relieved.

>> i'm glad they're alive and my little niece is being taken care of.

>> reporter: this morning the kaufmans and little lyra remain out at sea with four members of the air rescue team aboard their boat. after reaching the navy rescue ship, they'll begin their journey home. for now this high drama at sea is still under way. the rescue team is taking 24-hour shifts to watch little lyra . she is said to be in good condition. the kaufman family could be back home in san diego as early as monday. erica?