And, at the risk of offending tender sensibilities about the sanctity of life and other related nonsense, that equation doesn’t pencil out in calculating the risk-reward ratio.
Under the conditions as I understand them to have been, it would be a bad-or-worse bet to make.
I can say unequivocally that I would be highly unlikely to ever try it unless I felt that the stakes were worth the risks and that the risks, primarily to the rescuers, were lower than that. I also won’t listen to any of my crew champing at the bit to do it, either. People can easily get rescue-fever and be in over their heads before they realize it. I do a cold and unforgiving calculus by design, out of respect and my sense of responsibility to my crew.
Never say never, but you have to be pretty ruthless about the risk-taking if you don’t want to lose people.