"About an hour into this, the Coast Guard arrived and sat about 150 yards away in their 48-ft patrol boat, watching the drama for another hour, but not offering any assistance,"
For what it's worth, from what I have been able to find, the nearest commercial
towing station to Stillwater Cove is the Tow-BoatUS Station in Santa Cruise
, about 30 sea miles or roughly 3 hours away. I find it unbelieveable that a 48' CG Patrol Boat does not carry a CG85 with which they can launch a messenger line upwards of 600'. Moreover, they could easily have come within 100' of the boat and still carried 2m of depth
. One good tug and they could have plucked that boat off the rocks easily. Frankly, I doubt that there are any sailors, or few anyway, that would not have attempted to maneuver their yachts so as to be able get a line aboard that boat and give her a pluck if they possibly could. I have done it and other boats have stopped and done it for me when I have blundered into thin water
. I find it astonishing that the USCG would not do the same thing under the circumstances--if for no reason other than to avoid a possible environmental incident due to the yacht's fuel
et al, being released into the sea (if the CG Boat's skipper
needed a rationale for rendering assistence to say nothing of common courtesy to a fellow mariner).
Frankly, although I am a California
native, I am glad that we are now in Florida
as I know that we can count on our local Coast Guard boys ('n girls) here. I suspect there's something in the air there that has an adverse effect...