Wow, that's certainly a more 'charitable' view than mine... (grin)
Just curious... Say you had a family member who was a CG Rescue Swimmer... Would you be just as happy to see him called to jump out of a helo into 20' seas in the middle of a winter's night, a hundred miles or more east of Hatteras, to rescue a recreational boater in dire straits due to recklessness, imprudence, or sheer stupidity - as to save the crew of a commercial fishing or merchant vessel, who perhaps had more 'business' being out there, were doing everything in a competent and professional manner, and who simply had an unanticipated failure/run of bad luck? You'd make no distinction whatsoever between 2 such comparable incidents, in respect to your willingness to see CG rescue assets being compelled to expose themselves to such risks in either case? Seriously?
The answer is I would be proud if my family member decided his profession was to save someone's life,,,,, period.
The are far greater egregious situations where our military is put at risk for far less a calling than saving lives say in Afghanistan ( I am sure you protest that too right
But its ok for the CG to be put at risk on the Bering Sea rescuing crabbers putting pots out next to ice floes in 60 foot seas and 70 mph winds. Why...because they are professionals.
Or maybe someday if/ when you get in trouble Jon and call them because of an unforeseen emergency or a failure on one of the boats and they decide to take stock of you whether to come get you or not. I mean really delivering boats, Is that a reason for them to come get you either?
To me yes it is, but I don't discriminate because someone has called for help.
Listen I don't like any of the military to be put in harms way but they are. I think its a better use of the military ( the CG is part) to have them rescue ANY
sailor in distress from ANY
country for ANY
reason than to have them put at risk in Afghanistan exposed to haters.
The CG is a voluntary organization last time I checked so the swimmer volunteer to do that duty, they aren't conscripted.
And yes I think they should rescue anybody when in their ( CG) assessment they determine they need to be rescued. Who are you to determine that? They are the professionals. I have no problem, with them doing their jobs.
In addition it is proven by the facts
presented which you fail to recognize due to stubbornness and some kind of professional " feeling " you have that the amount of rescues of people...not just sorties is down. If the facts stated the opposite youd be ramming them down our throats instead.
Just like the axiom says...You can lead a horse to water...but you cant make it drink. For the life of me I cant understand why even the facts seem to escape you here.
The CG is there to save lives period. If you feel you are in peril call them. The CG who will also be there with you can assess and help in the determination. Call the professionals if you need them.