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Recouping costs after emergency rescues not likely

The recent ice rescue off Larsen’s Reef on Sunday has brought up the debate whether municipalities and emergency services should get reimbursed for expenses incurred on a preventable situation.  Twenty-nine people were rescued in white-out conditions on Green Bay by the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department and Department of Natural Resources personnel.   DNR Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha says local municipalities usually do not seek to recoup the financial cost of what can be construed as a preventable emergency.  He says it becomes arbitrary to decide which rescues qualify as accidents and those that could have been prevented.  Trophy Ice Fish was the professional guide who took the anglers on the ice on Sunday during the severe weather.  Captain Lonney Goman of Trophy Ice Fish could not be reached for comment for this story.  

 

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