EDITORIAL: First search, then rescue and charge

The question that is always debated at this time of year is who should pay the usually significant cost to stage a rescue attempt?

Another day, another story about outdoorsy people getting lost in the wilderness.

As usual, when this kind of emergency occurs, it’s up to the dedicated people at search and rescue to leave their homes, put on their gear and comb the woods, mountain or whereever this particular person has managed to misplace themselves.

While the most recent story had a happy ending — the two lost adventurers found their own way out of Mother Nature’s icy, deadly grasp — they don’t all end that way. Some searches require a huge amount of manpower, machinery and a huge cost.

The question that is always debated at this time of year is who should pay the usually significant cost to stage a rescue attempt?

Some argue that the government should cover the costs, after all it’s our tax money. But wait! If you need an ambulance, isn’t there a surcharge for that service?

So doesn’t it makes sense that a lost hiker, skier, snowmobiler or whomever, should at least pay something towards their rescue efforts.

In a place like the West Kootenay, where outdoor tourism is hugely important, shouldn’t there be a penalty on those who put themselves in dangerous situations. Accidents do happen, but in many cases the situation occurs because of lack of planning, lack of experience or just a flagrant disregard for safety. People should pay for those mistakes.

Just Posted

Police ask city for $100K budget increase

The extra money is needed to cover salary costs

Nelson firefighter wage negotiations in year six

Firefighting is an essential service, so strikes are illegal

EcoSociety asks city to become 100 per cent renewable

The plan would have Nelson ditch fossil fuels by 2050

Finding support at Community Connect

The 10th annual event offered free services, clothing and food on Saturday

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Doug Bothamley Cash Spiel returns this weekend

The annual tournament runs Friday to Sunday at the Nelson Curling Centre

COLUMN: Taking another look at Kelowna

Columnist Donna Macdonald finds many things to love about the city Nelsonites love to hate

Earthquake gently rocks Nelson to sleep

Did you feel the earthquake? (Probably not)

RDCK holds open house on proposed boat launch

RDCK hosted an open house at Blewett Elementary to discuss plans for a boat launch at Taghum Beach

LVR Bombers volleyball team off to provincials

The senior girls’ squad secured a spot with a win over Trail last week

Winter kicks off in Nelson

Over 30 events are set to celebrate the snowy season

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Most Read