So, with hundreds of boaters (Cajun Navy) out rescuing people (very effectively, I might add) here come the politicians - State Sen. Jonathan Perry (R-Kaplan) wants to require private boat owners to be trained and certified in search and rescue. "Liability" and stuff, dontcha know? The Coonass Navy (actual term) has demonstrably rescued more people (and critters) in Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Isaac, and this no-name storm than all of the cops, fireman, wildlife and fisheries, national guard, and USCG assets combined. They just show up, ad hoc organize, and go do it. Drives the command and control idiots nuts!
I belong to an organization down here that showed up to haul off the people that were stranded on 1-12 for 24-48 hours. Half the skippers were unlimited or 500 ton captains. Putting boats in the water and the State Police show up promising to arrest anybody who got close for obstructing (?) something. Somehow the Guard couldn't manage dropping MREs & water out of Blackhawks on target - went in the woods or who knows where. Glad I'm not in a hole depending on them for resupply. What a CF!
Glad it worked out for you and yours, Star.