Sea Tow Services International honored Sea Tow captains and other members of its national network for lifesaving efforts and for efforts above and beyond the call of duty at a company awards banquet on Nov. 18.
The event was a highlight of the organization’s 2015 annual meeting, which brought Sea Tow operators from across the country to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 17-19.
The banquet opened with an address from Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mark E. Butt, assistant commandant for capability (CG-7).
“Reading the citations, I am impressed and amazed at the dedication to duty from the people here tonight,” he said at the event. “These rescues are far above and beyond expectations, and in fact in many of the events we are celebrating, Sea Tow personnel are directly putting themselves at risk in order to help the Coast Guard save the lives of the people in distress. These 'brothers and sisters in arms' are real-life demonstrations of the successful partnerships between our organizations.”
Sea Tow awards for lifesaving efforts were presented by Butt and Joseph Frohnhoefer III, Sea Tow’s chief operating officer, to:
- Capt. Anne Allard, of Sea Tow Virgin Islands, for helping to save six people from a sailboat grounded on rocks in a squall
- Capt. Alan Wentworth, owner of Sea Tow Virgin Islands, for rescuing four people from a sinking 54-foot motoryacht that had struck a reef
- Capt. Zachary Willis, of Sea Tow Crystal Coast (N.C.), for rescuing a man who had jumped from a 65-foot bridge into the water and survived
Sea Tow Awards for efforts above and beyond were given to:
- Sea Tow Boston (Mass.) Capt. Dave Winkler for assisting in an incident in which a sailor had accidently cut an artery while aboard his boat and was in danger of bleeding to death
- Sea Tow Eastern Long Island (N.Y.) Capt./owner Bill Barker and Capt. Dick Tandy, for rescuing five men from a vessel that was rapidly taking on water
- Sea Tow Eastern Long Island (N.Y.) Capt. Garrett Moore for assisting in the rescue of five swimmers who had been freediving and were imperiled by worsening weather
- Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.) Capt. John Derrico for rescuing four people from a boat that had capsized on a reef in extremely rough conditions
- Sea Tow Crystal Coast (N.C.) Capt./owner Cody Catapano and Capts. Corbett Johnson and Zachary Willis for helping two boaters whose vessel had capsized
- Sea Tow Crystal Coast Capt./owner Cody Catapano and Capts. Corbett Johnson, Zachary Willis and Raven Bolster for a different incident in which they assisted with safely removing eight passengers from a sinking commercial fishing boat
- Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes Capt. Jonathan Johansmeyer for assisting in the rescue of an injured hiker
- Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Capt./owner Tim Morgan for helping to rescue four boaters, two of whom were injured, from a 30-foot fishing boat that had hit a jetty.