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Re: This is a disgrace.

Originally Posted by Arcb View Post
In both Canada and the US, lifeboat crews of critical stations are fairly well paid professionals. The salaries of the crew and the boats are paid for with tax dollars. Surely the government of France has a way of dealing with this shortage, if it really is a critical lifeboat station?
From what I've read, the lifeboat crews in the UK are also voluntary organizations, so perhaps this is a European thing. Maybe this is more like the Power squadron than the British lifeboat societies because I'm sure the French military does do SAR stuff.

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