Skip Nav
Photography
The Heartbreaking Reason 1 Photographer Took Pictures of These Kids With Down Syndrome
Sandy Hook
See Photos Inside the Beautiful New Sandy Hook Elementary School
Kid Shopping
Bye-Bye, Ponytail! 11 Easy Hairdos For Your Daughter

Couple Sailing Around the World With Children Were Rescued

Is Circumnavigating the Globe With Toddlers Child Endangerment?

What started out as family exploration has ended in a complete media frenzy. A couple who brought their two daughters, ages 1 and 3, along for a sailing trip around the world had to be rescued at sea. The wind was knocked out of their sailing dream when the youngest child came down with a serious infection and was not responding to medication, while their boat faced mechanical failures.

The Washington Post reports that the Coast Guard, Navy, and National Guard ultimately had to help bring the girl and her family back to safety — and not without serious backlash from the rest of the world.

The parents, Charlotte and Eric, were nearly a year into the trip and documenting their journey on their blog, but perhaps the roughest water they've have to navigate is the anger on social media. Many feel that the couple's choice to take small children along for such a dangerous trip was reckless child endangerment and that they should have to pay for the cost of their rescue or worse, have their kids taken away from them. The other side argues that these were experienced sailors who were just trying to let their children to share their love for sailing.

Eric was a Coast Guard-licensed captain, and both parents have spent a lot of time at sea. However, even Charlotte (the mom) referred to the trip as the stupidest thing they've ever done. So what do you think?

Source: Flickr user Vernicos Yachts

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Kids With Down Syndrome Photo Series
Dad's Contract to Kids For Pet Dog
Parents Send Son a Letter From the Tooth Fairy to Do Chores
Jelly Sandals Left Girl's Feet Bleeding and Bruised
All the Wines That Pair Best With Your Child's Crappy Behavior
Mom's Letter to Baby During Pregnancy
Thoughts Moms Have Before the End of Maternity Leave

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
X