08 April 2014

Family's misadventure at sea has public costs | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Family's misadventure at sea has public costs

Image Copyright: U.S. Coast Guard / AP

By Rick Hampson
Copyright: USA Today

When would-be adventurers get more adventure than they bargained for, who should bear the blame — and the price for bailing them out?

Despite years of ever-riskier adventures and equally elaborate rescue efforts when adventures become misadventures, government agencies and military services generally are reluctant to seek compensation from America’s lost hikers, marooned sailors, stranded snowmobilers and fallen spelunkers.

So if there is a tab — most mountain and wilderness rescue is conducted by volunteers — the taxpayer winds up paying it.

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