• $5400 bill for rescued ice fisherman

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    A man who fell though the ice while fishing has been landed with a $5400 bill. Neil Robbescheuten of southern Ontario was ice fishing on Lake Scugog near his home when a dense fog rolled in. He became disoriented trying to find his way back to shore and fell through the ice in a marshy area near some bulrushes. But he was able to pull himself out onto a tree stump, where he called 911. Three firetrucks responded to rescue him, but he later received a $5,392.78 invoice from the fire department. Robbescheuten, 62, says he plans to fight it because he worries it will make people think twice about calling emergency services when they are in trouble. Scugog fire chief Richard Miller said that the temperature was warm and rainy that weekend, and local conservation authorities had warned people to stay away from bodies of water.

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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