The parents who were stranded at sea with their two young daughters and had to be rescued by a U.S. Navy warship say they plan to sue their satellite phone carrier and hope any monetary winnings will allow them to help repay the government’s cost of their rescue. Kaufman and his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters – ages 1 and 3 at the time – were some 900 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico aboard their 36-foot sailboat named the Rebel Heart last April when their daughter Lyra, 1, became sick with a fever and a rash.The Kaufmans allege their satellite phone carrier cut off their only connection to land while they were stranded. They used the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on their boat to call for help.We’re both experienced sailors,” said Charlotte, who described the planned 3,000-mile journey as not a trip but the family’s way of living. “We’ve raised our daughters on a sailboat.
Kaufman family loses cell phone coverage and forgoes onboard radio. Rebel Heart has Ship for brains.