Navy ship with rescued family to arrive midweek

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship's small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra's medical condition continued to improve after they boarded the San Diego-bound Vandegrift hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast so the girl could get to a medical facility. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy warship carrying a family with an ill 1-year-old girl rescued from their disabled sailboat is about 1,000 miles from San Diego and is expected to arrive midweek.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lenaya Rotklein said Monday the USS Vandegrift is moving at 20 knots or about 23 mph, though the speeds will vary, and officials do not have an exact day yet of when the Kaufmans will arrive to San Diego, where their baby is expected to get treatment.

The child fell ill during the family’s voyage to sail around the world before their boat lost steering and communication abilities 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

A statement from the family said their daughter, Lyra, was doing better after the Navy on Sunday boarded the family onto the warship.

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