Who pays for search and rescue missions?

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Who pays for search and rescue missions?

Victims are rarely charged, but sometimes subjects cut a check
Members of La Plata County Search and Rescue and Upper Pine Fire Protection District rescue a kayaker who injured his leg in 2016 on Vallecito Creek. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card program helps cover some of the costs for rescue missions around the state. Discussions have begun in the Legislature to make more money available to search teams.

Who pays for search and rescue missions?

Members of La Plata County Search and Rescue and Upper Pine Fire Protection District rescue a kayaker who injured his leg in 2016 on Vallecito Creek. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card program helps cover some of the costs for rescue missions around the state. Discussions have begun in the Legislature to make more money available to search teams.
Some 2019 rescue missions

Jan. 6: A 40-year-old man from Longmont was killed in an avalanche near Red Mountain Pass.

Jan. 28: A 50-year-old woman from Oklahoma became lost while snowshoeing at the Durango Nordic Center.

Feb. 15: Two backcountry skiers spent the night outdoors after being caught in a storm near Coal Bank Pass. They were rescued the next day and returned to safety.

Feb. 20: Search and rescue retrieved a teenage girl who separated from her group while cross-country skiing on Purgatory Flats Trail.

June 24: A climber was rescued after falling near the northwest boundary of Taylor Ranch, a subdivision about 5 miles northeast of Durango.

June 27: A woman was swept away in Pole Creek while in the backcountry with her husband. Her body was found more than a month later.

July 5: A climber fell 300 feet in the Cascade Creek area, requiring rescue.

July 8: A climber took a serious fall in the Cascade Creek area. She was taken by Flight for Life to a hospital and was expected to survive.

July 9: Another climber fell in the Cascade Creek area, but was able to self-rescue.

July 11: A 23-year-old woman fell 20 feet in La Plata Canyon and required helicopter rescue. She was expected to survive.

July 21: Rescue mission for two motorcyclists who became stranded on the Hermosa Creek Trail north of Durango. The rescue took nearly 11 hours, but both motorcyclists were unharmed.

July 25: A 60-year-old man required a helicopter rescue after falling and injuring his head on a hike in the Weminuche Wilderness.

July 28: A woman injured while mountain biking in Horse Gulch required rescue.

Aug. 13: A 56-year-old female hiker died on the Colorado Trail after a tree fell on her tent.

Sept. 8: A search mission was initiated for a Durango woman who became separated from her group near Grizzly Peak. Sixteen emergency personnel responded. She ultimately was able to self-extricate.

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