Well it just goes to prove that rednecks aren't only in the South!
But I'm not really surprised. We see step ladders screwed onto the decks of skiffs, center consoles and bay boats all the time. They are used here as spotting towers for the cobia run on the panhandle beaches. No real load except for fat fishermen.
As far as the danger involved in what those guys are doing?
Darwin theory applies. Just culling the weak minded.