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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 02:45 PM
Response to Reply #128
155. I didn't say don't rescue them...
everyone should be rescued, so long as the rescue doesn't unnecessarily risk others' lives. My assessment went only to who should bear the cost of the rescue. I don't know enough about this particular situation to know whether I would put this particular group of mountain climbers in the normal risk that goes with the activity (they should cover it - or have purchased insurance to cover it) - or the emergency category (it should be a societal cost).

What I do know is that all of the things you cited as examples are all true emergencies - not normal challenges/risks associated with engaging in recreational behavior which is specifically classified as risky (if you aren't sure what these are, check out the exclusion list on any life insurance policy). People shouldn't live in fear of being abandoned in a crisis, but society should also not be required to bear all of the inevitable costs associated with risky voluntary activities.

As a diver, in addition to the cost of equipment, I also need to be able to pay the cost of a hyberbaric chamber, emergency transport out of remote locations, etc. Those are normal (and costly) risks associated with recreational diving. Insurance is readily available and relatively inexpensive. I have weighed the various possibilities and purchased insurance to cover some costs and have not with respect to other costs (which I fully expect to bear, if those risks should come to pass). It is not fair for me to expect someone else to pay the freight for routine risks associated my recreational activity - any more than it would be fair for me to expect society to pay for the equipment I need to engage in the activity in the first place - because the risks are part and parcel of the activity, quite a different situation from walking the dog or hunting for a Christmas tree.
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