Dec 27, 2014 4:03 PM

Cards may shield hikers from rescue costs

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are hoping sales of a voluntary "Hike Safe" card will alleviate some of the agency's budget woes.

The cards are on sale for calendar 2015 and cost $25 for individuals and $35 for a family.

The card indemnifies hikers from liability for any rescue costs due to negligence and is designed to help offset the agency's search and rescue costs, which typically run around $350,000 a year.

A provision of the new law establishing the Hike Safe cards also protect those who possess a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile or boat from repaying rescue costs due to negligence, without having to buy a Hike Safe card.


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