Three mountaineers receive unprecedented fines totaling NT$180,000

Three mountaineers received unprecedented fines totaling NT$180,000 for not abiding by rules in Hualien

3 mountaineers who were fined after being rescued by helicopter. (By Central News Agency)

Taipei, Oct. 17 -- Three mountaineers received unprecedented fines totaling NT$180,000 (US$5,960) for not abiding by rules regulating mountaineering activities in Hualien, local fire department official said Tuesday.

Lin Wen-jui (林文瑞), head of the Hualien County Fire Department, said the trio had to be rescued by helicopter that day after entering the mountains from Dongpu, Nantou County Oct. 7 and becoming trapped in the mountains since Oct. 14 due to heavy rain.

Each individual was fined NT$60,000 as they failed to hire a guide and purchase insurance, said Lin.

The trio could also face further fines from Yushan National Park Headquarters for not applying for a permit to enter the mountains in Nantou, said Lin.

The case is also the first in which people have been fined due to rules regulating mountaineering activities in Hualien that went into effect Sept. 14, Lin added.