Man Charged $5K For Colorado Rescue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Kansas man is facing a hefty bill after being rescued from a hike in Colorado.

David Seals told the Topeka Capital-Journal that he's disputing the more than $5,000 charge. The rescue happened early in June in Clear Creek Canyon.

It took ten hours for rescuers to reach the injured Seals on the side of a mountain and lower him more than 600 feet. His brother and a friend who were hiking with him climbed out and went for help.

The rescue bill came from the Golden, Colorado, Fire Department, the first squad on the scene.

A Fire Department spokeswoman says it's so high because the rescue happened in the middle of the night in the rain and in very dangerous conditions. She say there's a chance the bill could be negotiated if Seals contacts the department.


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  • by Barbara Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 29, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    This is ridiculous! Get real! Where is our tax money going? If this continues, everybody will be afraid to call 911. I don't want to be hiking and find dead bodies becuase they were afraid to call for help.
  • by sam Location: colorado springs on Jun 28, 2007 at 10:12 PM
    outrageous !!! taxes from every resident should have enough money to pay all these kind of events
  • by Len Location: Monument, CO on Jun 28, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    So the moral of the story is if you get lost during hiking, dont accept any rescue unless you want to be stuck with a big bill. I can see that someone has to pay for the bill but that's alot of money for an honest mistake. It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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