Lost Eagle Scout Fined $25,000 By New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire and a Massachusetts Eagle Scout who needed to be rescued from Mount Washington are negotiating the size of his fine.

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 state fined him $25,000. It is believed to be the largest fine sought under a nine-year-old law allowing New Hampshire to recoup rescue costs. In Mason's case, that included the cost of a helicopter.

The bill was due Sunday, but Mason's lawyer and the attorney general's office expect negotiations to continue.


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  • by readingcomprehension on Aug 9, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    Shaniqwa, you should probably read the article again.
  • by jojo on Aug 9, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    Just go to prove the children are going to payout goverment spending!!!!!!
  • by shaniqwa Location: grenevile on Aug 9, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    that a shame charg him when he only nine year old what they think he know better he only nine just a boy theys hould be ashame for to chage him how he get lost in washinton anyway it a big town
  • by Chris on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    there are no 9 yr old eagle scouts
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Charge him the full 25k, he was an eagle scout , we wasn't prepared.
  • by C on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:04 PM
    To Kane: I was going to comment,but you saved me the trouble. Good show.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 8, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    How many of you know about Mt. Washington (google it). Sounds like this is a "stupid" fine (on his part), should be used by other states. Where was his partner?
  • by rp Location: ahoskie on Aug 8, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    NINE YEAR OLD LAW!!!!!, READ BEFORE YOU TYPE,if he was nine they should lock up the parents for letting him be there to start with!
  • by Linda Location: Washington on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    where was Diego? when all this was happen maybe he could have sent out the rescue helper it wouldn,t cost him that much . The next time lets call them for help you might just came back like Eddie Murphy.reading animals minds good luck with your fines.
  • by kane on Aug 8, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    This law was created to deter people from taking unnecessary risks. For years amateurs were trying their hand at "extreme" sports and getting themselves in trouble. The state would spend thousands pulling these morons off the side of mountains or whatever and eventually they got fed up with it. This kid will not have to pay all of the 25,000 but I imagine he will have to pay a fine. In this day and age, stupidity can cost you.
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