New Hampshire's House has given its preliminary OK to giving negligent hikers a chance to buy a hike safe card that forgives rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe the state.
Under current law the Fish and Game Department can seek reimbursement for its rescue costs if a person acts negligently and then needs rescuing. Those costs can run from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.
A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along. NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.
Brian Croce and a companion were working their way along the Franconia Ridge in blustery, frigid conditions Sunday afternoon.
Then they saw four people - three men and a woman - huddled together behind a rock.
“The guy told us that they desperately needed help and to call 911 for them.”
While he was hunkered down in his sleeping bag waiting to be rescued from just below the Franconia Ridge a man from Maine says he was no longer worried about himself, but about the Fish and Game officers headed his way in the dark, poor visibility and high winds.
“You feel kind of horrible putting other people in that situation,” said Evan Embrey, 24, of Buxton, Maine.
Embrey told NHPR he was hiking on the ridge between Mt. Lafayette and Little Haystack Mountain when winds picked up,
“It was pushing me over, so it had to be gusts of 50 or 60 mile per hour,” he said.
Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 5:37 pm
In a daring raid reminiscent of the kind used to kill Osama bin Laden, U.S. Navy SEALs swooped into Somalia Wednesday morning and rescued two aid workers, who had been held by pirates for months.
The New York Times reports the soldiers came in by helicopter and engaged in a firefight that killed nine pirates. The SEALs left with Jessica Buchanan, a 32-year-old American, and a 60-year-old Dane, Poul Thisted, who were injury free and on their way home.