Cheap kayaker would rather not get rescued due to cost

Tuesday, 07 October 2008
Here is a little tip to all of you young kids who get into trouble on the water and look to get rescued. When a boat stops by to pick you up, don't spend the whole time worrying about the cost of the rescue. Oh yes, when you get back on shore make sure you thank your rescuers or else you will look like a big jerk.

That is exactly what happened to a German tourist in New Zealand. While paddling back to the launch site, currents caused him to flip over. A fishing boat stopped by to help but he hesitated as he was worried that the rescue was going to cost to much.

"He was more worried about the cost of the rescue than actually being rescued," said Larry Johnston, skipper of the fishing boat.

Mr Johnston said the man had been in the water for about 20 or 30 minutes and would not have lasted another 20 minutes.

"He didn't even thank us - it was all about the money. He kept asking how much it would cost."

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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