Father-son team rescues boaters together

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Craig Marcum (left) and his son Cameron work together every day.

Craig Marcum (left) and his son Cameron work together every day.

Cameron Marcum is the classic water kid. He grew up riding personal watercraft and fishing with his dad, Craig. Fifteen years ago, the son drew a picture of a Sea Tow boat for his father, who was working at the towing agency’s Venice, Fla., location.

Today, 22-year-old Cameron, is a Sea Tow captain and vice president of Sea Tow Venice. He started working for his father, Craig, who purchased the franchise in 2015.

“Since we started working together almost five years ago, Cameron’s never once had a complaint or a scratched boat or had any other sort of incident,” Craig said in a statement. “He’s really taken to it and he’s really good at it. I couldn’t be prouder of him and I’m so glad to go to work with him every single day.”

When Cameron was younger, Craig was traveling around the globe, running yachts for clients. “When I would be in Trinidad or St. Maarten, he and my wife would fly down and spend time on the yachts with me on occasion,” said Craig. “He absolutely loved it.”

After Craig joined Sea Tow Venice, Cameron would accompany his dad on calls. Craig said that he saw in Cameron a love for the water from an early age.

“When he was 17 and we first started talking about buying the franchise, he came to me and said he wanted to be a captain,” said Craig. “He got his captain’s license on his 18 birthday and he’s been by my side ever since.”

Eventually, the plan is for Cameron to take over the franchise, but for now Craig said he’s enjoying time spending his days on the water with his son.

“When we’re out together helping boaters, as soon as people find out he’s my son, they light up and say how lucky I am to be able to work with him every day, and I agree with them every single time,” said Craig. “It’s such a blessing to be able to watch him continue to grow, both as a Sea Tow captain and a man. As far as I’m concerned, I’m the luckiest father in the world.”


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