Boating since 1978, rescued gear and people lots. Thanks, beer, or other rewards sometimes!!! Saved lives at least twice maybe more you never know how the river will treat you. There is a big difference between an on going yard sale rescue and an abandoned piece of equipment left for days or weeks. I once rescued an abandoned canoe wrapped on the rock in Mad Dog filter plant Poudre. The boat was an extreme hazard to all running the river from tubers to commercials. (1990ish) After coming up for over a couple of weeks I decided to try and remove it. It required a Tyrolean traverse, to get a raft safely to the rock. A Z drag and a second line to remove the boat. Four people 3hrs . No name on boat. Took boat home spent more time trying to get it back into boating shape. FAST FORWARD 3weeks got call from supposed owner, a local indigent that used to live at Mad dog known as Cadilac Ed gave him my number. Man accused me of attempting to steel his canoe. After coming to get it, he not only did not thank or reward me but accused me of stealing the airbags out of the boat. Not owning a canoe I certainly did not need or have those bags. I label all my gear. If I wrecked my car someplace I was incapable of rescuing it from, I would be expected to pay a fee for the tow to rescue it. I don't see a differences here.