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"A couple of other pieces of "news": it's said that the boat had recently undergone repairs to fit a swim platform;"

Well, that came in handy.
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And as for charging, what else would the CG be doing - they're probably bored out of their gourds most of the time anyway.
In the Coast Guard's District Seven Command Center in Miami, they handle more than 1,500 law enforcement and 6,500 search and rescue cases a year, throughout a 1.8 million square mile area of responsibility. Not a lot of time to be bored.
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The USCG have generally been badly overextended for a long long time. They're just not on the "sexy" list for budget priorities.

Using RDF and stopping hoaxsters is 1970's technology and easily done--but Congress has repeatedy denied them the money to do it.

You want better SAR and USCG performance? WRITE YOU CONGRESSCRITTER and let 'em know that you'll pay an extra five dollars in taxes--if they'll spend it on the USCG. Heck, most of Congress knows that water is just something you put in the bourbon, anyway.
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In the Coast Guard's District Seven Command Center in Miami, they handle more than 1,500 law enforcement and 6,500 search and rescue cases a year, throughout a 1.8 million square mile area of responsibility. Not a lot of time to be bored.
I'll keep my mouth shut next time
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I'll keep my mouth shut next time
Don't do that. Maybe I should bring the rhetoric down just a bit.
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I will be curious to see the elapsed time from reporting until the USCG layed alongside. Also, I am wondering why dewatering pumps were not placed on board. At 13 miles, all you'd have to do is keep even for a relatively short time, until a salvage tug could arrive. Still more questions than answers.
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In the link below you can see in the photos a blue hose honging over the side. I assume that it is the outlet hose from a dewatering pump. From the time the Coast Guard received the intitial notification to the time it arrived on scene was about 20 minutes and the boat was completely submerged 20 minutes after that. A lot of water was coming in real fast, somewhere. So it was 40 to 50 minutes, start to finish.

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