Yes, that often happens in complex rescue operations (e.g., air lifting climbers from a rock face). If helicopters and specially trained teams are involved, it is expensive. In some cases (perhaps, this one?), the rescued party knowingly assumed the risks of a dangerous and possibly irresponsible activity. It sometimes seems fair for the irresponsible rescued party to pay for the operation that he or she necessitated. If not, then taxpayers (the general public) have to pay.
The Coast Guard does not charge a fee to provide assistance to a boat at sea. ... The Coast Guard is expressly prohibited by statute (Title 46 US Code, sec. 2110) from charging a fee for any search and rescue service, so this is not something that is subject to a discretionary waiver.
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."
I'm curious how many people carry a safety knife? How many have ever used it?
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