We have all read cases where unqualified or ill prepared people find themselves in positions where they need to be rescued. Many of our Amver participants have rescued sailors or crews found in distress. We may have even said, "Man, we should charge those folks."
Search and rescue operations can cost thousands of dollars an hour. Each time rescue personnel launch a boat or aircraft they put their lives in danger. Sadly, first responders have lost their lives in the effort to save others. In the United States Coast Guard there is a saying "You have to go out, you don't have to come back".
In a recent Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management journal article, Sheila Huss questions whether or not individuals who find themselves in distress should have to pay for their rescue. The article concludes charge-for-rescue policies are a bad idea.
If we were to charge for rescue where do we draw the line? Do we charge recreational sailors and not charge professional mariners? Do we charge people who do not have the proper survival equipment?
What do you think? Tell us your thoughts on charging for search and rescue in the comments.
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