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Sea Tow Captains Recognized for Their Valiant Efforts

 

Sea Tow Captains Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

At Sea Tow, helping boaters is our number one priority. We want each and every one of our members to feel at peace out on the water so they can enjoy all the great things boating has to offer. However, sometimes things can go south in a hurry. That’s where our Sea Tow captains thrive.

We take pride in honoring these captains with our annual Efforts Above and Beyond Awards. This year’s awards were presented to our captains during Sea Tow's Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL:

  • Captain Zachary Willis of Sea Tow Crystal Coast won two awards for twice locating and rescuing missing kayakers whose boats had capsized during a storm. Read More
  • Captain Quincy Eagles of Sea Tow Fort Myers won two awards for saving a missing jet skier, as well as rescuing two men and a child aboard a sinking 23’ Hurricane in the Palaco Canal. Read More
  • Captain Cody Catapano of Sea Tow Crystal Coast for locating and rescuing an injured man who had been knocked unconscious after hitting his head on a table when his 36’ Lohrs had run up on a shoal. Read More

(Captain Cody Catapano of Sea Tow Crystal Coast accepting the "Lifesaving Award"

USCG Captain Carter, Deputy Director of Incident Management & Preparedness Policy, Captain Cody Catapano, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, CEO)

  • Captain Kendrick Schwartz of Sea Tow Ocean Isle for rescuing a woman off Bald Head Island who had gone overboard and was separated from her 40’ sailboat after being caught in the river’s current. Read More
  • Captains Joe Fiedler and Todd Ingram of Sea Tow Panama City for locating and rescuing three fisherman whose boat had sunk outside St. Andrew’s Pass. Read More
  • Captain Brian Wood of Sea Tow Santa Monica for braving gale-force winds and 6-8’ seas to locate and rescue three mariners whose 28’ tri-hull racing sailboat had overturned nine miles outside Marina Del Ray. Read More

(Captain Brian Wood of Sea Tow Santa Monica accepting the "Lifesaving Award"

USCG Captain Carter, Deputy Director of Incident Management & Preparedness Policy, Captain Brian Wood, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, CEO)

Sea Tow Captains Help Save Lives

No boater ever wants to think about the worst-case scenario when they’re out on the water, but sometimes bad things happen. These are the kinds of situations our Sea Tow Captains are ready for. Several are former EMTs and Coast Guard, so saving lives has become almost second nature for many among the Sea Tow ranks. For these captains, as soon as they hear a call, they jump into action, no questions asked.

We celebrate these captains’ courage and heroism with our annual Life Saving Awards. This year’s awards were presented to:

  • Captain Chris Allen of Sea Tow Palm Beach for locating and rescuing six missing divers who had been separated from their 38’ Burpee dive boat three nautical miles east of Jupiter Inlet. Read More
  • Captain Mike Dillon of Sea Tow Fort Myers for discovering and saving two men who were struggling to tread water without life jackets after their 17’ Boston Whaler had capsized near York Island. Read More
  • Captains Tom Carter and Mike Dillon of Sea Tow Fort Myers for rescuing six family members from their capsized 17’ Larson after the vessel had been swamped by a passing yacht on the Caloosahatchee River. Read More
  • Captains Cody Catapano, Zachary Willis and Raven Bolster of Sea Tow Crystal Coast for fighting rough seas to save three passengers whose 44’ sailboat had capsized and sank near Cape Lookout Shoals. Read More
  • Captain Ryan Saporito of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach for braving 3-5’ seas and 15-knot winds to save five passengers after their 22’ Sea Chaser was pushed into the rocks, causing the vessel to capsize. Read More

(Captain Ryan Saporito of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach accepting the "Lifesaving Award"

USCG Captain Carter, Deputy Director of Incident Management & Preparedness Policy, Captain Saporito, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, CEO)

  • Captains Clay Hughes and Kendrick Schwartz of Sea Tow Ocean Isle for saving two small girls and their parents after their 24’ cabin cruiser had lost all power and capsized near Shallotte Inlet. Read More

Annual Meeting Award Highlights

This past week, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. hosted its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. Captains, franchise owners and team members from all over the nation gathered to celebrate achievements and talk about strategies for the future. Several of these distinguished guests were honored at the award banquet for their accomplishments and dedication to the organization, including the outstanding service they provide to you, our members.

Captain Nancy Ellett, co-owner of Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake, was presented with the “2017 Georgia Frohnhoefer Award” for her continuous hard work and commitment to the Sea Tow life. This award, named after Sea Tow chairwoman of the Board, President Georgia Frohnhoefer, is given annually to a woman who contributes the most in an effort to make Sea Tow the leading on-water assistance provider in the United States.

(Captain Nancy Ellett of Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake accepting the "Georgia Frohnhoefer Award"

Captain Nancy Ellett, Georgia Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, Executive VP)

Nancy and her husband, Captain Rick Ellett have co-owned Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake with Captain Howie Kaplan for eight years and have achieved record membership growth every year they have been at the helm. When Nancy isn’t spreading awareness on safe boating practices, and the numerous services Sea Tow provides, she can be found working full-time at a local law practice. Be sure to visit Captain Nancy and Rick at one of their upcoming events on the lake in the spring and grab a slice of their yellow watermelon!

The “2017 Franchise of the Year” award went to Sea Tow Table Rock Lake located in Kimberling City, Mo. This husband, wife, and son trio work tirelessly to offer peace of mind to Table Rock Lake boaters. Captain Jim Pulley, owner of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake, has a team of five captains and has served the area for 11 years. This team has set a high standard for other franchises by surpassing goals and diligently growing the franchise. Captain Pulley shines in all aspects of the Sea Tow business – whether it’s getting his members back to boating as quickly as possible, or working with the team at Sea Tow International on efforts to expand the Network – Captain Pulley has an infectious attitude of positivity we are so grateful to have on our team.

(Captain Jim Pulley of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake accepting the "2017 Franchise of the Year Award"

Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, President, Captain Jim Pulley, Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, CEO)

There are many heroes working for Sea Tow, but every year someone is honored for going above and beyond to educate the boating public on safe boating practices. This year, the Sea Tow Foundation granted the “2017 Sea Tow Foundation Hero Award” to the entire crew of Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor. Captain Mike DeGenaro, franchise owner,  and his team, promote safe boating practices that directly reduce accidents, fatalities, and property damage related to recreational boating. In addition to ensuring all boaters are safe on the waters of Charlotte Harbor, the team also operates a Life Jacket Loaner Station. The hard-working team recruited its local US Power Squadron to adopt a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station to help with monitoring usage and inventory.

(Captain Mike DeGenaro of Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor accepting the "2017 Sea Tow Foundation Hero Award"

Captain Mike DeGenaro, Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow, President)

Even when they are on dry land, the Charlotte Harbor crew continues to serve the community by holding events to collect additional life jackets to continue to stock Life Jacket Loaner Stations, food drives for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The heart, the dedication and the compassion of the Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor team is an outstanding example of when passion and service come together for the greater good. Great job!   

Sea Tow has had a successful year thanks to all the dedicated individuals working at each franchise. These stand-out professionals have helped maintain Sea Tow’s reputation as America’s leading professional on-water assistance provider through outstanding customer service, commitment to boating safety and their communities.

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