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    It's not at all surprising that the USCG has stopped responding to non-life-threatening emergencies, given both Congressional refusal to fund anything and the astounding number of people who refuse to take responsibility for themselves on the water and insist on having "public servants" at their beck and call.

    I teach a course for beginning boaters and you wouldn't believe the number of people who buy boats without having a clue about what to do on the water.  

    If there's a real emergency (or even if it just sounds like one), the Coast Guard generally goes all out, putting their lives on the line and spending a lot of money.

    The USCG is making efforts to minimize the "search" part of their "search and rescue" mission through its "Rescue 21" project and the increasing use of DSC for VHF radio (particularly integrating GPS into DSC radios) -- which could help solve problems like these:  

    http://cgvi.uscg.mil/....
    http://www.latitude38.com/...

    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 09:14:30 AM PDT

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