ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Officials in western North Carolina say rescue operations in the Pisgah National Forest are very expensive.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Stout told The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/2eejD4L) that searches are expensive for both North Carolina and South Carolina, where authorities often help in searches.
The newspaper cited a couple who left for an overnight hike in the forest in April and was reported missing when they failed to return to a parking lot to meet family members.
About 200 people searched for the couple, spending $28,000 over several days. The couple was later found working as street performers in Asheville, unaware there had been a search for them in the forest.
The Mills River Fire and Rescue department has been called to the forest two dozen times this year.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com