a99 wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:13 pm
Interesting how is in USA when rescue forces working on your rescue ? Later you wil get (huge) bill for heir work expenses or no ?
Usually you don't get billed, the city, state or nation assumes the bill. Otherwise, rescue services would be a lot more reluctant to head out I mean if you get billed and fight the bill in court rescue services won't get paid. For instance in this case the guy didn't seem to be in much danger and suffered mostly embarrassment at finding his name in the paper followed by "kook" and if given a bill would probably have won in court, so the rescue services might not have gone out. Now of course there are some exceptions to this where the rescued party has to pay a fee but generally the city and state assumes the fee. So for instance, if the city or state finds you guilty of "reckless behavior" they will bill you for the services, for instance, that drunk guy that swam from USA to Canada got some sort of fine, I think $10,000 or so, but that didn't come close to paying for the rescue services it's more of a punitive thing so that drunks think twice before they go "Hold my beer."
For kiters in the USA usually when they get a call it's more of an excuse for them to break out all of their rescue gear and not have to pull a body out of the water, and merely get to embarrass a kiter.
Out west where skiers routinely get into trouble getting lost and into avalanches backcountry it's different, it happens too much so they want to bill you, again this isn't to recover cost but to try to get people to think twice before doing something stupid.
I don't think rescue services usually get much money back even when they charge rescue fees.