9 Jul 2010

User-pays rescue idea finds favour

4:58 pm on 9 July 2010

A sailing company owner says a user-pays system for search and rescue missions, as is being considered in France, would be a good move in this country.

The French Government is considering making risk-taking adventurers, including sailors, pay for their own rescue.

The Life Flight Trust says that the average helicopter rescue costs $5000.

Steve Roberts of watersports company NZ Sail says that costly rescue missions should not be paid for by the taxpayer, and that adventurers should take out insurance.