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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.