Rescuers are 2 days away from teen sailor: At What Cost?

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    Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
    Rescuers are 2 days away from teen sailor
    Boats won't reach Abby Sunderland for almost two days, but brother is optimistic

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    So the parents of a young man who did this before allow their 16 year old daughter to do it. Why? Is it for USA pride? Who will it benefit? It is extremely dangerous as a solo trip.

    Who do the parents from Thousand Oaks, CA. expect to pay for all the resources in tight times? Its sad. I hope the child, yes child, is okay, but her parents should be held accountable for some things.

    Or do you disagree?


     
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    I can see you point, but if we bill them for rescue, then we should bill every person ever rescued from any situation.

    Personally, I think any person who undertakes such a journey should be REQUIRED to sign a waiver saying they are aware of the potential for being charged for a rescue.

    Its really a hard call though.

    I have gone mountain climbing in Colorado and not really thought that I could get in over my head. Would I want to be rescued? Yes, but should you all pick up the tab for my rescue?
    The other side of that is... why do we pay taxes?
    Should you be billed for your city municipality putting out your house fire, or the police coming to your rescue when you call 911?

    Its a hard call... where do you draw the line?

    Great question Dante?

    I will be sending Addy my prayers tonite.... Godspeed young lady.
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    Good story:
    http://abcnews.go.com/2020/abby-sunderland-possibly-lost-sea/story?id=10877108
     
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    The child should be rescued , then the parents should be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
     
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    Should we bill the family? No. Are the parents responsible for allowing their 16 yo daughter to sail solo around the world? Yes.
     
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    No way man.... Get the nanny state out of our life.

    Ther is no way I would let my babygirl go on such a journey, but then again, I dont know that young lady. Im sure her parents are second guessing their decision, but that is between them and their God now.

     
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    Why bill everyone? All risks are not the same. The brother already did this run. It is not an everyday activity even for accomplished sailors.

    Drawing the line is easy. Some places have started to send bills to people who climb/hike areas of wilderness with nothing but GPS, and a cell phone, without a clue.

    Sailing like this assumes the Coast Guards and Navies and Merchant Ships are there for people who take extraordinary risks to set silly records like first teenage girl related to first teenage boy who risked life with okay from parents.

    We are all irresponsible to some extent, but there is a cutoff point for everything in life.
     
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    that also disturbed me. We are held to be responsible as a society to rescue their children yet we have no say in how they risk their lives for record setting stunts?

    They could wait til the child was of age to do things without parental consent.
     
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    Thats why I kind of like the idea of a waiver system for such undertakings.
     
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    Why not bill the parents or hold them accountable in some way for contributing to this stunt? The child is a 16 year old -- a minor.
     
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    But parents demand the nanny state help them with their children. Others demand we rescue children from abusive parents. One way streets?

    This family (if you payed attention before you posted) has a son who did the same stunt a few years ago.

    hello? balloon family ring a bell?
     

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