“This MOA signing has great importance in that it's the first of its kind in the country, with this being a pilot program here in the Northeast,” said Captain Wendy Sears (shown at left), one of three Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut Captains who completed the SAR training course. “It promotes stronger cooperation and understanding between each of our entities, strengthening our on-water partnership, communications and operations. It allows us to be more available as an asset to the Coast Guard, to respond to marine search and rescue cases and, potentially save a life or lives. Being more extensively trained in on-water search and rescue increases our ability to assist the USCG in furtherance of their Search and Rescue Mission. The fact that we are able to work together to accomplish this goal is momentous, and should be considered a model for all other regions in the country to look to."
“We are proud of Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut and its Captains, who now are certified to help the Coast Guard in their operations as part of this first-ever pilot program,” said Sea Tow Chief Operating Officer, Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer III. “Our Sea Tow locations routinely assist their local Coast Guard in rescue missions on the water, but this new training program can help to them raise their knowledge and experience of SAR operations to an even higher level.”