Rescue personnel hate these things. The SAR guys out here have had people trigger them because:
- they ran out of water while hiking.
- they were tired and needed a ride back to the trailhead.
- they saw a bear!
They’ve cause more problems than they solve according to the SAR people out here. Someone that would normally use common sense and not hike, bike or wheel alone, does just that because they have one of those rescue locators. They feel safe because help is just a button push away.
A small search and rescue operation is very expensive. With the economy the way it is now, someone wanting SAR personnel to deliver them some Dasani water because they weren’t prepared to hike as far as they did, angers the local officials and they’re starting to charge the SAR costs to those that use their devices like a stewardess call button on an airplane. The couple that pressed the button to get water were billed for $15,000 for the efforts of SAR.