I hate to say it but stories like this make me think some form of training should be required.
In the past year I have heard a CG MAYDAY for an anchored boat whose engine would not start. Anchored in a protected bay where they spent the night by choice.
Heard another MAYDAY where the female on the radio was screaming hysterically and would not let up on the mic. Her emergency...the small boat she was on had a light gorunding on a sandbar...it was later pulled off by one guy with a small dinghy and a 15hp engine. No breaking waves, no coral, no real opportunity for loss of life or vessel. Anchor drug while snorkeling in the middle of the day.
These kinds of people need to be billed or at least required to attend and pass a power squadron course to understand what is and isn't an emergency.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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