Who will pay the tab?

Steve Fossett is a millionaire who has dedicated his life to setting new aviation records. He is also the first person to travel solo around the world in a hot air balloon in 2002! On March 3, 2005, Fossett also became the first pilot to circle the globe non-stop and without stopping for fuel.

63 year old Fossett hasn’t been seen or heard from since he left a friend’s place near Reno, Nevada about 8:45 a.m. Monday morning. He left without filing a plight plan to search for a place to attempt to break the current land speed record on a car.

From a CBS news report, “Aviation Adventurer Steve Fossett Missing”:

“Fossett has climbed some of the world’s tallest peaks, including the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He also swam the English Channel in 1985, placed 47th in the Iditarod dog sled race in 1992 and participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race in 1996 and broke the round-the-world sailing record by six days in 2004. Fossett was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this past July””

As I listened to the CBS coverage this morning of the search results and what new steps were being taken to find Fossett, I was dismayed to hear the reporter mention that the question had arisen as to who would pay for the search to find Fossett! Have we really sunk to such a low that we are more concerned with the cost of rescue efforts than we are about the actual rescue attempts?

I hope Mr. Fossett is found and that he is OK. I will be saying prayers for him and his family!

Credits: CBS

[edited to add credits]


~ by devildog6771 on September 7, 2007.

2 Responses to “Who will pay the tab?”

  1. I too was appalled at the lack of empathy such a question presented!

  2. considering that we’re coming up on spending a trillion in iraq, for god-knows-what, who cares what it costs to try to find and rescue a person of substantial accomplishment? can we call ourselves a civilization without such pioneers? can we live with ourselves if we don’t? remember, most search and rescue costs in the US are relted to hikers, not people engaged in high-risk sports, such as climbing and aviation. most of the cost is to rescue folk who get lost on an afternoon out. should we not rescue them because ‘it costs’?

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