SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip.
Once aboard the Navy ship Sunday, the Kaufmans issued a statement defending their decision: "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 Kaufmans lived in San Diego until moving a year ago to Mexico, where Lyra was born.
Eric Kaufman, a Navy veteran, works in the financial services industry and had become dissatisfied, according to his blog, with the "house-car-job-complex with its nine-to-five office routine."
Kaufman wrote on his blog about the preparation for a trip around the world: “We've finally started reading about the islands from Polynesia to Tonga that we're planning on checking out: it's been a boost to our spirits to realize that we're not just crossing 3,000 miles of water for … grins. There is indeed, hopefully, a warm light at the end of the tunnel that involves a pleasant anchorage and some type of rum-based beverage.”