Proposal would have some hikers pay for rescue service

Proposal would have some hikers pay for rescue service

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A proposed measure in Kauai County would require rescued hikers to repay the county for recovery missions if they disregard warning signs.

The Garden Island reports that Kauai County Councilman Mason Chock introduced a bill that would allow government agencies to seek reimbursement for search-and-rescue missions from rescued people who disregard warnings and notices.

Chock compares his proposal to ambulance services, which injured people must pay for themselves.

He said people who have accidents on trails will not be required to reimburse the county. According to Chock, the county's main concern is with search and rescue missions on the Na Pali Coast.

Spokeswoman Sarah Blane says the county spent nearly $20,000 on helicopter rescues in the last fiscal year.

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