On September 15, 2014, all six passengers were ejected from a 37-foot recreational boat traveling in excess of 20 knots in Greenport Harbor. Unmanned, the boat continued to run at speed in circles, threatening the people in the water and other boats. As soon Captain Barker heard a report of the incident he immediately responded, having the foresight to take Captain Moore along with him.
After determining that the boat’s six passengers were unharmed and had been safely picked up by other boats prior to Sea Tow’s arrival, Captain Barker matched the speed of his Sea Tow boat with that of the unmanned vessel while Captain Moore – disregarding the danger to himself – jumped aboard the out-of-control boat and switched off its ignition.
The Meritorious Public Service Awards stated that the Sea Tow Captains’ “…selfless dedication and distinguished service to the Nation in support of Homeland Security are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”
About Sea Tow Eastern Long Island
Owned by Captain Bill Barker, Sea Tow Eastern Long Island is the first Sea Tow operation to have been established when Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer founded the organization in 1983. Captain Barker and his team of U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captains provide professional on-water assistance to Sea Tow members and other boaters in the waters off the eastern end of Long Island. NOTE: Sea Tow Eastern Long Island is currently operating the first Sea Tow vessel – appropriately named Sea Tow-1 – that was put into service in 1983. For more information, please visit seatow.com/local/easternli/.
About Sea Tow
Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the nation's leading on-water assistance provider for boaters. Established in 1983 by Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow serves members inland to the coast throughout the United States, Europe, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, how to become a Sea Tow member or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow franchise owner, please visit seatow.com. Sea Tow also offers free boating safety information including the Sea Tow App for smartphones, Sea Tow's Automated Radio Check Service, and the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Station program. For more information, visit seatow.com and boatingsafety.com.
Serving Boaters Since 1983