4. REBEL HEART Update: 6 April 2014
For those of you following the status of S/V Rebel Heart and her crew, here’s a direct statement from Charlotte & Eric via the Commander of the 3rd Fleet
Shared by the Commander of the Third Fleet, a statement by Eric and Charlotte: Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, recently rescued from their sailing vessel in the Pacific Ocean, have issued the following statement from aboard the US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry class Frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48):
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“First, we would like to express how grateful we are to the men and women of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and Navy who rescued our family, especially the pararescuemen and crew of USS Vandegrift. We are very thankful to be safe and well. We also appreciate all the concern, thoughts and prayers of everyone back home for the health of our daughter Lyra. She is doing well now, and her medical condition continues to improve.
“We understand there are those who question our decision to sail with our family, but please know that this is how our family has lived for seven years, and when we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could. The ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it. We are proud of our choices and our preparation, and while we are disappointed that we lost our sailboat and our home, we remain grateful for those who came to our aid and those family and friends who continue to encourage and support us.
FYI – All crew are aboard the Navy ship and everyone is resting. The crew was able to take three bags off the boat, Rebel Heart (their home for 7 years), before she had to be sunk. All will be helicoptered from the Navy ship to San Diego on Tuesday.
If you are interested in supporting this family, the following fundraising site has been established for donations. Funds go directly into the crew’s their account. If you’re looking for a way to help: this is it. https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/djWq3
– on behalf of the moderator team of “Women Who Sail”