March 23, 2018
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NH negotiating teen’s $25,000 rescue fine

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire is negotiating the size of the $25,000 fine billed a Massachusetts Eagle Scout for rescuing him in April from Mount Washington.

Scott Mason of Halifax, Mass., spent three nights alone on the mountain after spraining his ankle and veering off marked trails. Fish and Game officials praised him for using his Eagle Scout skills to stay alive, but criticized him for being unprepared for treacherous spring conditions.

The fine is believed to be the largest sought under New Hampshire’s 9-year-old law allowing the state to recoup rescue costs. Mason’s rescue was costly because a helicopter from Maine was used.

The bill was due Sunday, but Mason’s lawyer and the attorney general’s office expect negotiations to go beyond the deadline.

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