It’s been over three months since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma first battered the southern part of the United States. Much of America has already let the storms that caused well over $250 billion in damage slip from their collective consciousness. However, for Sea Tow captains, the road to recovery has never stopped.
Sea Tow Captains have been working nearly non-stop to help recover boats that have been strewn across backyards, over sea walls, on top of docks and into swimming pools.
We enlisted a number of Sea Tow franchisees from across the country to assist in the recovery of nearly 250 boats throughout the affected storm area. For example, Captain Sammy Royal of Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach and crew are working with various boat owners, repair facilities and insurance companies to help clean up the mess. Thanks to their cool heads and decades of experience, they have managed to power through the logistics, one job at a time.
“It’s taken a little ingenuity and a lot of equipment,” Sammy said, “and there’s still a lot left to do.”
Across the bay, in Galveston, Texas, Captain Billy Kern and his crew at Sea Tow Galveston Bay are cleaning up the damage from a different storm after Harvey nailed the Lone Star State’s coast two weeks before Irma swept across Western Florida.
However, the crew is finding that the cleanup process has been one-in-the-same.
Captain Billy and his crew have been working all across the region, lending a hand wherever they’re needed. In the Corpus Christi region, they joined forces with Sea Tow Corpus Christi Captain and Owner, Brandon Upton to recover over 70 boats. Locally, Sea Tow Galveston Bay added another 35 boat recoveries to their tally.
Sea Tow Captains are finally getting back to their normal day-to-day routines after three months of recovery, but the odd recovery job or request for help still come in from time to time.
Ultimately, Sea Tow captains all across the Gulf Coast are out there doing what they love – providing area boaters with the peace of mind they deserve. The jobs might not be orthodox, but with decades’ worth of experience, it’s just another day at the office. After all, lending a helping hand is what Sea Tow captains do best.
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