If you have to be rescued by the Coast Guard from your boat, do you have to pay for the rescue?
Just wondering after seeing this...
Here's the backstory of the video...
"An elderly man and his little dog are safe Tuesday after being rescued from their disabled sailboat off the coast of Ensenada.
According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, the 77-year-old man's boat was dead in the water about 120 miles southwest of San Diego Monday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard San Diego Sector rescued the man and his dog after a ham radio operator in Texas intercepted the mayday call.
The man told crew members he'd been stranded for days and that he was on his way to Tahiti. He was running low on food, water and safety supplies.
"The boat was unable to sail. Sails were ripped and the master and his dog were sitting inside," said Lt. Commander Chip Lewin.
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to rescue the man and dog.
"It was about 15- to 18-foot seas with the boat dead in the water. The waves were pushing it away from me as I was trying to get to it. It was challenging swimming to the boat," said Coast Guard aviation survival technician Mike Linehan.
Linehan was the first to make contact with the man, who he said appeared a bit disoriented.
"It was really hard to talk to him at first. Come to find out later he didn't have his hearing aids in. We were just trying to asses his condition," said Linehan.
According to authorities, the man lived on his vessel. He agreed to abandon it when the crew told him he probably would not survive in the rough seas.
Moments later, the man and his pet were hoisted in a basket and into the helicopter."