The State should provide this service for anyone in distress
There should be a case by case review based on the risk taker's level of responsiblity
The risk taker should pay on a sliding scale, depending on his income
If you risk your life and an expensive rescue ensues, it should be 100% your responsibility
Other, please explain
I think S&R costs should always be paid, to some degree, by the person being rescued, after all, they engaged in an activity that was risky, they deserve to pay for that risk. I don't think that charge should be huge, maybe a couple of hundred dollars for most cases. It's when people purposely do something downright dangerous, ignore posted warnings, etc. that they should be hit with the whole charge. Stupidity ought to be punished.
Does anyone actually have actually information on how much of the search and rescue costs are actually being paid with tax dollars?
I am a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and I donate my time and money voluntarily. The opportunity to fly on a life saving heroic mission is all the compensation I need.
I do agree that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to foot the bill.
I was a member of a rescue group. As such my opinion could be somewhat slanted. I have been in lifesaving efforts where it was the potential victims own fool hearty adventure that lead to the need for our service. I feel the person responsible (if it is clearly a situation where someone created the emergency) should participate to some degree with the cost of rescue but not to the extent that it would cripple his ability to recover financially or otherwise. BTW I was in the US Coast Guard air sea rescue unit in San Diego.
I am not always right, but I am never wrong either.
Shep Smith reports the climber's body has been found.