Rep. Gene Chandler

North Country
2:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Volunteer Rescue Groups Oppose Charging All Hikers For Rescues

Photo courtesy of Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue

House lawmakers will hear a bill Thursday  that would make New Hampshire the first state to make people pay fees any time they are rescued by Fish and Game.

Backers of the proposal say they want to help Fish and Game recoup costs of expensive rescue operations.

But opponents, including the state’s volunteer search and rescue outlets, say this bill is a bad idea that could put people, and the state’s appeal to hikers at risk.

Hikers who were in trouble in the White Mountains, exhausted, climbing out a helicopter…

Explaining what went wrong….

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