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February 28, 2012 Poll Results

Should hikers who get lost in the woods have to help pay for their rescues?

Yes 70% 250 votes
No 29% 107 votes
Total: 357 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


February 28, 2012
4:41 p.m.

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No, only if their actions were reckless, they were woefully unprepared, or if they were in no real danger and simply wanted an easier way out of the woods. For example, if a hiker sets out in December to do Mt Marcy with tennis shoes, jeans, and a fleece jacket because the day started nice at ADK Loj, then gets jammed up in a snowstorm later on, then a 'stupidity payment' for rescue should apply. Basically leave it up to NYS Encon Rangers, Local Law Enforcement, etc., who have to conduct the search & rescue, whether to assess a fee or not and that could be appealed later. It would be tragic for someone not to call for rescue because they were afraid of being charged and then have it turn into a recovery operation for a body instead.

February 29, 2012
10:29 a.m.

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I agree with biwemple 100%. Too often we are getting charged for emergency services. The entitlements are given every body else for services why not someone who needs help. Example, someone lost or injured in the woods who needs help should get help. Not help and followed by a bill.

March 1, 2012
6:33 a.m.

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Does the Government have to pay for EVERYTHING? It's not like it's a routine call for service. I can't imagine the total cost of a rescue like that! Consider everything from man-power to apparatus (helicopters, off-road vehicles, etc) to the outrageous price of gas. If you undertake an activity like hiking, you should either be prepared or pay for the cost of your possible rescue. Do I have to pay for your clothing too if you acquire a rip or tare? Or, how about if you get caught in the rain? Do I have to buy you new gear if it ends up shrinking?!?

March 2, 2012
7:52 a.m.

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If you are transported by ambulance in most communities, you get billed. Why would this be different?

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