mconnell wrote:surgent wrote:. The fishiest part is "she called for the helicopter..." It just doesn't work that way.
Yes it does. The woman hired a private helicopter. At least read the first line of the article.
The op commander would be unlikely to allow that. She's the responsibility of the rescue team and by extension the county sheriff (or equivalent agency) until she's handed off to the medical guys. They just don't "give up" a subject, especially one who is injured, just because they demand it or have the money and means to fly in their own helo.
I still think there are holes big enough to park a Buick in with this story.
Regarding the tax-payer comment: rescues are part of the mandate of every county sheriff (or equivalent agency). The tax=payer gets stuck with the bill far more often for the usual day-to-day crime than with the occasional rescue, and furthermore, most rescue teams are composed of volunteers who buy their own gear, and who get paid nothing by the sheriff. County SAR teams are one of the best values for the dollar you'll find anywhere.