Tired from a tough hike in the wilderness?
The water you drank from the stream tasted salty?
Afraid of thunderstorms in the forest?
Hiking shoes caused a blister on your foot?
Got a poison oak rash?
No problem! With a push of a button on your Yuppie 911 device you can alert the emergency rescuers. Helicopters and their crews will scramble from the nearest airport to bring you a bottle of water and a pair of dry socks. And if you forgot to ask them something the first time they come, you can call them the second time. And the third time.
And who's paying the bill for the liberal yuppies so called "emergencies" when they adventure on the mountain trails or in the desert to get in touch with Mother Gaia and imitate Mr. Bear Grylls "Man Vs. Wild" adventures?
Who's footing the cash for the rescue teams man hours and the helicopter hours?
You guessed: the American tax payer.
Arizona Daily Sun has the story:
Tired from a tough hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911Read the complete story here
By TRACIE CONE
Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. -- Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon -- just in case.
In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls. What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst "tasted salty."
If they had not been toting the device that works like Onstar for hikers, "we would have never attempted this hike," one of them said after the third rescue crew forced them to board their chopper. It's a growing problem facing the men and women who risk their lives when they believe others are in danger of losing theirs.
You got to be kidding me. These people should made pay for their stupidity. Charge them $20,000 per incident and you’ll see how false alerts are no longer a problem.