Originally Posted by brettb
yeah right! there is no way they can charge these gus!!
well........ they can charge them!!! but no way will that hold up in court!!!!
plus its wrong!!!! unless THEY called for help!!!! or were actually on site and needing assistance!!!!!!
I love it when everyone becomes a legal expert on this stuff despite lacking a JD or passing the Colorado Bar. Gimme a break...
Gary's right -
1) buy your backcountry/hiker's pass for $20 and spare yourself the search and rescue cost. This goes for ski season too.
2) Call the authorita and tell them you're fine and that you are recovering your gear. Be very clear where you were, what color your gear is etc. That way they don't initiate the full brigade when bystanders call 911 for your orange boat but will do a search if for a call about a green boat in a different rapid.
That said, sounds like Brune did the best he could with getting in trouble in a high visibility area.