Something I learned from that poll on another forum, was that the majority of kiters expect to be rescued should their self rescue go bad. Some even expect to be rescued before they attempt a self-rescue.knotwindy wrote: ↑Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:20 pmMost experienced kiters know that you should be ready to self rescue because you shouldn’t count on others to be around or able to help. This is called accepting responsibility for ones own actions. And potentially be willing to pay the price.
If you extend this mindset/attitude to rescue, you can decline whatever help shows up to keep you/them safe. Crazy idea I know, excepting responsibility for your decisions. Is this still a problem for ‘the system’?
So what you're failing to see is that there are many different mentalities out there, and the approaches believed to be acceptable by those different mentalities include some which will certainly endanger rescue personnel.
Personally, I'm with you on that thing. I never go out further than I can swim, and I try to maintain my gear in a manner which minimizes any issues I may have. That said, if I'm really struggling I probably don't have a cell phone to call and say "hey I don't need to be rescued even though it looks like it and someone on the beach has called me in."
Rescue Personnel mobilization is triggered by many different things. If you really want to go out and kite, you need to figure out a way to stop any chance of one of those things occurring. And if you really think that through, that's putting even more lives in danger.