The problem is the USCG has young men that are 21 +/- years old running these 60 mph boats. While they may or may not have the proper training. I just don't believe that a lot of have the maturity to make the proper decisions in some rescue situations.
The news article stated that it was a 26' Searay. It says nothing about the operator not having the proper safety equipment or that his NAV lights were not working.