Rescue Operation for a Stranded Kayaker Cost More Than $42k | The Adventure Blog

Kayaking the Pacific

We covered Derreumaux’s attempt to cross the Pacific, and his subsequent rescue, as it unfolded last month. His goal was to repeat the only solo and unsupported crossing from California to Hawaii in Kayak, which was successfully completed in 1987 by a man named Ed Gillett. Derreumaux began that journey in San Francisco on May 31, making good progress in the first few days.

A $42,000 Rescue

According to a new release from the Coast Guard, the call for assistance came in at 9:42 PM local time with a rescue helicopter being dispatched from San Francisco at 10:25 PM. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter reached Derreumaux’s position at 12:39 AM on June 7. Shortly thereafter, the stranded kayaker was hoisted from his boat and brought aboard the aircraft, reportedly in good condition.

Who Pays the Bill?

Unsurprisingly, the cost of the rescue operation has sparked some debate on social media, with a number of people asking who covers the bill for the rescue? In this case, the $42,000 cost comes from the Coast Guards annual budget, which is largely funded by taxpayer dollars. That budget is more than $1 billion annually and is meant specifically for conducting these kinds of operations.

A Longstanding Debate

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the debate over who picks up the tab for rescue operations, nor will it be the last. Whether it is airlifting mountaineers from a distant peak, searching for backcountry skiers in following an avalanche, or assisting backpackers on a remote trail, someone will always be watching the bottomline. There are many people who believe these adventurous pursuits are frivolous and dangerous, so spending money on a rescue is a waste of funds. Because they would never undertake these kinds of activities themselves, they don’t want to help those who do.

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