H O W E V E R, we really don't have enough info re: the 68-year old and his "three rescues in 36 hours" to make an informed judgment. Yes, on the surface of things and with the sketchy news reporting it appears it's a case of someone attempting something he should not. But, we really don't know much more.
Every time I read a story in the papers or the electronic equivalents that I know something about I find errors, often significant errors. Accordingly, I doubt everything I read in the media. It would seem that something odd was going out there that day-and-a-half, but I wouldn't be surprised if what was reported bears very little relationship to reality.
That said, I've seen a lot of stupidity on the water.
sail fast, dave