Maritime safety is at the highest level it's ever been. People are just ignorant.
I agree, you can't have the Coast Guard stationed in every bay on the coast.
That's why it's unwritten that the locals are the first responders in almost every case.
I do however think the lifejacket regulations need to be reviewed.
There is absolutely no point in not wearing them expecting passengers on a small vessel to be scrambling to figure out how to get into a lifejacket as the boat rolls over.
Lifejacket have evolved to the point where they are easy to wear, and a personal floatation device (PDF) is the way to go, but are not approved by Transport Canada to my knowledge.
By the way I see that that the Leviathan II is liquor licensed according to their website.
Was liquor available on this voyage?