I am ignorant on this but do you have to pay for the firedept to show up to an accident that is your fault? I know you have to pay for an ambulance run to the hosp. I can't see having to pay for their services that you have already paid for. Although some people ought to be charged for being idiots lol.
I would support Ice Fishermen being required to pay for thier rescue ONLY if the rescue occurs on a navigable waterway, by the Coast Gaurd.
Anytime an ice fisherman ventures onto a ice patch on a large body of water that is not completely landlocked there is a known risk of wind blown ice shifting that could strand the ice fisherman.
The decision to proceed in a recreational activity with the known inherent risks of such an activity should be only the responsibility of the decision maker.
To put the burden on me, the tax payer, to pay for thier rescue when there is a known risk prior to engaging in the recreational activity would cause, and does cause, undo taxation of me to pay for thier decision.
This is not unlike the laws that require mountian climbers to pay for thier own resues if needed.
I have ice fished Lake Erie many times and will continue to ice fish Lake Erie. It is my choice to do so. In such, I must, and I am willing to accept the results of my decision. I don't want anyone else to have to pay for MY choice.
When the tax's of the many go to pay for the activities of the few the only result is more taxes. I won't ask anybody to pay for my choices if nobody asks me to pay for thier choices.
This potential proposed law as I understand it would only apply to Lake Erie of Ohio, not inland lakes.
To date 14 people have said that they would not support a new law to place the financial burden of the rescue on the individual ice fisherman that becomes stranded on Erie and requires a Coast Gaurd rescue.
No one has really explained thier reason for not supporting such a change in the laws. Could you please explain your position on this question.
I will support ice fishermen paying for their own rescue when mountain climbers and backpackers pay to be rescued from mountains and other wildernesses; when people who build in fire zones pay to be rescued and have hundreds of firefighters fight to save them and their properties; when people in flood zones pay to be rescued when the river floods; etc. etc. Cost to rescue 20 standed ice fishermen ?????? $10,000???? Cost to rescue 2 climbers 20,000 feet up on a mountain when the rescuers have to find them first and then send in climbers to get them ????? $500,000 ??????
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