Letter for Sunday, January 23, 2022
Rescuers saved lives at Queen’s Bath; please honor the locked gate
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Well said. It would help if all of the people that decide to ignore closures of any kind (hiking, ocean, etc.) and have to be rescued as a result get a bill for the full reimbursement of taxpayer funds for the rescue on top of a fine. You can’t fix stupid, but you can make stupid decisions less attractive.
YUCALJOE……thank you… it’s the only comment that was needed. Unfortunately the rescues will continue because “you can’t fix stupid, but you can make stupid decisions more attractive”.
I agree with your praise for the brave, highly skilled rescuers. But what about the three young people ? Were they cited and charged with trespassing? If not, why not? And were their parents given the bill for their rescue? Again if not, why not? When you knowing violate the law, locals and tourists alike, and put others at risk, there needs to be consequences. Otherwise we will just keep reading these same stories over and over again, except sometimes with tragic consequences. If the young people were cited and charged and their parents had to pay an expensive bill, I believe word would get and these needless, dangerous and expensive rescues would not have to happen in the first place. Illegal acts have consequences.
Being a lifelong ocean athlete and elite player comes with important responsibilities as mentioned in the article so let’s give big MAHALOS TO ALL OUR LIFEGUARDS….