The French parliament is presently debating a proposed new law that would require French citizens who knowingly take risks overseas to pay for their rescue. French sailors who sail too close to Somalia, for example, might conceivably have to reimburse the government if they are hijacked by pirates and have to be rescued by a French operation - as has happened in the last year.
The French debate has added fuel to the current issues surrounding sailors crossing oceans solo, although this is not the specific focus of the French law. Still, the issue is a hot button for many on both sides of the question. Should governments continue to bear the costs of rescuing anyone at sea from any circumstance whatever? Regardless of what the person was doing there and what the cost may be? Since virtually all sailing and other activity on an ocean (or bay, or creek, or mountain - and perhaps even crossing a street) involves some risk, is it even possible to define the point at which a risk becomes unacceptable?
What do you think? Please raise your voice in this poll. Leave a comment if you can define the line between acceptable and unacceptable risk from society's perspective.