Originally Posted by Jentine
I have been boating
on the east coast
of the US for about 50 years and have never been boarded. However, I have been boarded while aboard other's boats in Puerto Rico
. On each occasion the boarding persons were armed and on one occasion, the boarding crew had no regard for the lives or safety
of the 20 divers in the water
when they approached the dive boat.
The fact that Coast Guard personnel were armed with weapons, probably side arms, shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. They are Federal Law Enforcement on the water
. Nobody is surprised when local police approach with side arm weapons.
As for "no regard for lives nor safety
," I find that unusual. More likely that the helmsman was inexperienced and about 18 years of age. You didn't state whether a complaint was made to the Coast Guard which would have been the thing to do if people were actually at risk in the water.