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is it acceptable for extreme sports-people to expect others to subsequently endanger themselves in rescue attempts? Mark Ribbands

Certainly not. While every act of rescue entails risk, guidelines to abort recovery missions have discretionary aspects. There is an ongoing debate in Alaska whether hikers in national parks should be financially liable when they invariably get stranded and need rescue.

Three quick scenarios:

  1. Professional mountain climber tackling North America's highest peak acquired altitude sickness and needs help.

  2. Elderly, or not so elderly, tourist has a mild stroke on a trail and isn't noticed missing until after dark when canine units and night-vision teams are required to start a search.

  3. A TV film crew covering a commercial fishing vessel 100 miles offshore in heavy seas loses all steering control and requires J-Hawk helicopters to be scrambled (I don't know if scramble is the right term for helos, maybe just fixed wings. :-j ).

I'm all for a case-by-case basis on who should pay the bill for recreational endeavors when there are no specific financial warnings posted.


Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:55:23 UTC | #946419