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The responsibility of being a ding dong July 9, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Uncategorized.

Regarding the story of the two novice kayakers that were airlifted from the Lampasas River during recent central Texas floods, I find it befitting that the couple was rescued near the town of Ding Dong.

The kayakers decided to ride the wild rapids, only to capsize moments after entering the turbulent water.  When a land-based rescue attempt failed, emergency crews brought in a helicopter to perform the rescue from the air.

Here’s the story: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/weather/entries/2007/06/28/austintravis_co_2.html

I can’t find a web link that includes a reference to the cost of the helicopter (which I believe was around $650/hour, according to a talk radio segment on KLBJ) or a reference to the fact that the second kayaker to be rescued actually declined rescue from the helicopter at first because he was attempting to hold on to his kayak.

It is the responsibility of the foolish to pay for his foolishness.  In no circumstance should the taxpayers bear the cost of rescuing people like this.  There should be no debate about sending 100% of the bill for this rescue to these guys. 



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