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Sailingdog, I wish the number of prosecuted hoaxes was equal to the number of probable hoaxes the Coast Guard deals with. Finding the scum that sends false distresses just to see the Coast Guard get all spun up is not easy but it's not impossible. New communication systems like the Rescue 21 platform is helping the Coast Guard find where signals are coming from and to record the calls to help in the prosecution. Of course the system is designed to aid in finding mariners that are in real distress but the bad guys can't hide from it either.
I don't see a "Membership Coast Guard" coming down the road anytime soon. SeaTow, Boat U.S., Vessel Assist and the many other commercial salvage companies will have plenty of business though, for many years to come.
Now, if you want to discuss the Coast Guard working search and resuce cases in foreign waters like the Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean Basin, then that's a whole different bucket of fish.