Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew
Exemptions could always be built in for acts of god. Striking a whale that rips off your keel for example. But weather is, by and large now, a quantifiable and predictable thing. And therefore the fact that your government has placed at your free disposal, access to this knowledge, makes you even more liable if you ignore such services.
As regards emt's/police etc etc, All of these services now implement a bill for services rendered if fault is found in the US I believe. If you have a car crash, and require emergency transport to the hospital, does your insurance not get a bill? Someone pays for the treatment you receive at the hospital. And this is why we have investigations after the fact, to determine if someone was at fault. And should therefore be liable.
Either way, I'm just playing a bit of devils advocate here.....