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Ontario man disputes $5,400 bill for being rescued while ice fishing

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  • Ontario man disputes $5,400 bill for being rescued while ice fishing

    Ontario man disputes $5,400 bill for being rescued while ice fishing
    The Canadian Press / January 30, 2013

    OSHAWA, Ont. - A southern Ontario man says he will fight the $5,400 bill he got from a fire department for rescuing him after he went through the ice while fishing.

    Neil Robbescheuten, 62, was ice fishing on Lake Scugog earlier this month when a dense fog rolled in and he became disoriented trying to find his way back to the shore.

    The Oshawa man says he went through the ice in a marshy area near some bullrushes so he was able to pull himself out onto a tree stump while he called 911 and three firetrucks responded to rescue him.

    He later received the invoice of $5,392.78 for the rescue and says he plans to fight it because he worries it will make people think twice about calling emergency services when they're in trouble.

    Scugog Fire Chief Richard Miller says while this is the first such invoice there, the township north of Oshawa has had the ability to issue them for years.

    Miller says the temperature was warm and rainy that weekend and the local conservation authorities had issued warnings urging people to stay away from bodies of water.

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    While this may be the first time for a fine to be issued in Oshawa, 4 guys got invoices earlier in the winter because they fell through the ice, AFTER public warning to NOT GO on the lakes etc were issued. All of them ponied up their funds, and a couple even got together and did a fund raiser for one of the local FDs in appreciation. SO! Suck it up Buttercup. Your buddies to the north of you did.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

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    That Chief Richard Miller is not the Chief Richard Miller not to say he isn't a Chief Richard Miller he just isn't the Chief Richard Miller meaning this Chief Richard Miller is the Chief Richard Miller. I do hope that clears this up.

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      Originally posted by Miller337 View Post
      DISCLAIMER-DISCLAIMER-DISCLAIMER-DISCLAIMER

      That Chief Richard Miller is not the Chief Richard Miller not to say he isn't a Chief Richard Miller he just isn't the Chief Richard Miller meaning this Chief Richard Miller is the Chief Richard Miller. I do hope that clears this up.
      HAHAHAAA unless you suddenly and very quietly moved ABOVE the 49th, and into that Lovely Place Called Oshawa.... I did not think they were one and the same person. Simularities in "stature" notwithstanding.
      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

      IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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