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Random Group of Hikers Message Board › Who Should Pay for Lost Hikers?

Who Should Pay for Lost Hikers?

user 11221621
North Conway, NH
Post #: 10
The local Newspaper “Conway Daily Sun” published a question this past Saturday, "How should searches and rescues in the White Mountains be funded?" Nineteen people said the people who need to be rescued should pay the cost of search and rescue, whether they are negligent or not. Another nine people said hikers or others who need to be rescued should pay for the rescue only if they are negligent, but not because of accidents or injuries. Very diverse and interesting answers. To real all forty-two responses go to:

John (LAG) L.
Newbury, MA
Post #: 64
My Two Cents:
I believe if they are found Negligent then they pay for the rescue. If that's the standard and it makes Front Page News then they'll be less rescues needed as either people will think twice about going out or take lessons and learn how to get around.
There are going to be times when something unpredictable will happen and through no fault of their own someone needs to be rescued. That's when they shouldn't have to pay.
Hopefully our group members learn how to hike safely by listening and reading so we are not out searching for them.
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