Check this out: The Coast Guard is now taking SAR requests online.
The service has had the Homeport site for a while. It was first developed to help the CG interface with the maritime community. It served as a portal for maritime professionals as they worked through the requirements of the recent Maritime Transportation Safety Act. Within the last 24-hours, somebody had the idea to use the portal as a way to collect missing & stranded persons information.
An idea. Implemented at lightening speed.