NH drops effort to get teen to pay $25k for rescue

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state of New Hampshire is dropping its efforts to get an Eagle Scout to pay $25,000 to reimburse the costs of finding him after he got stuck on the Northeast's highest mountain.

Scott Mason, of Halifax, Mass., spent three nights alone on Mount Washington last April after spraining his ankle and veering off marked trails.

Officials praised him for using his Boy Scout skills to stay alive, but criticized him for being unprepared for treacherous spring conditions.

State officials tell the New Hampshire Union Leader that there were extenuating personal circumstances that they didn't want to discuss. New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney says it is clear Mason is not in a position to pay. He says he hopes it is a teaching moment for the teen.


Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader,