Eagle Scout Fined $25k for His Mountain RescueBy Rocky Thompson on July 20th, 2009
A 17-year-old Eagle Scout who was rescued after two days in the wilderness has been given 30 days to pay the $25,000 spent finding his lost ass. A New Hampshire law requires lost hikers to repay the cost of their search operation if their behavior is found to be negligent. It’s a bit odd because the police initially praised the Scout for doing everything correctly after injuring his ankle and getting lost: He built a shelter and used hand sanitizer to jumpstart a fire while waiting two days for help. Now they consider him negligent for not preparing for the aggressive trail in wintry conditions and then trying to make his own shortcut after turning his ankle.