I am with Ann, Mandy and Anna and most of the other posts here.
Where I’m struggling is where I agree with you Phillip up to a point about payment.
Please let me explain, I can understand the request for someone engaging in dangerous sports and thrill seeking to fund an element of any recovery but what happens if it’s a normal hill walker who slips/trips and slides into a ravine. What if it’s not an offshore powerboat racer who capsizes but a regular yachtie/sailor who is drifting along but hits a sunken container and capsizes?
Where, I’m coming from with this is that we could open ourselves up to the thin end of the wedge. Would we get to a point where children falling off bikes/skateboards aren’t covered for NHS treatment. What about my uncle who joined in our skateboardingand broke his arm (oops)? What about horseriders, amateur rugby players and their spinal injuries.
So at the moment I’m kind of with you on payment but would worry that if we demand pay-back from some we will end up demanding it from all - who will be the judge of where the line is set. I guess I agree with the principle but wouldn’t vote for implementation for fear of the future.
However, I do agree that top have your life saved and then criticise the speed of your rescue is ungrateful to say the least.