The Sea Tow Dispatch Center reported that more than 60 percent of the calls for assistance it received over this year’s July 4th weekend were requests for a tow. Jump starts, aid with ungroundings and fuel delivery were other frequent requests for assistance by Sea Tow members and other boaters around the country.
But routine requests were not the only calls from boaters that Sea Tow Captains responded to over the holiday weekend – they also saved lives!
On Friday morning, July 3rd, Sea Tow Jacksonville (Florida) received a distress call around 8 am from a Sea Tow member who reported that his boat was rapidly filling with water about five miles offshore. A Sea Tow boat raced to the scene, where it joined a U.S. Coast Guard boat returning from deployment. The Coast Guard Crew rescued all the passengers and then Sea Tow was able to flip, dewater and bring the boat back to shore safely.
In Cape Cod, Mass., on the night of July 4th, Sea Tow Cape and Islands helped to rescue 10 passengers from a boat after it hit a rock on Collier Ledge off the coast of Osterville, Mass., and began sinking. The distress call came into the local fire department at 11:24 pm, following the local fireworks display. The Sea Tow boat was first to arrive on the scene and safely got all 10 people off the boat, then transferred them to other rescue boats.