Sea Tow Services International reports that its smart-phone app has received more than 63,000 downloads since its launch in April.
The app, available for download free at www.seatow.com/app, won a Mobile of the Day Award from the Favorite Website Awards and is 100 percent 5-star rated at the Apple iTunes store, according to Sea Tow.
In addition to providing smart-phone users with access to current marine weather forecasts, alerts and radar, tide tables and graphs, GPS location, speed and heading, the app gives them an instant link to on-the-water assistance. Swiping a finger on the slide bar at the bottom of every screen connects them to Sea Tow's 24-hour national dispatch center. Sea Tow said more than 120 boaters have called Sea Tow for assistance using the new app.
“In central Florida we have a lot of lakes and rivers, and it's rare that boaters have a GPS or even a marine radio on board,” Capt. Kerry Kline, of Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes, said in a statement. “We often receive calls from people who don't know their exact location. We will ask them to download the app and use its GPS function to get their exact latitude and longitude.”
The app is not exclusive to Sea Tow members; anyone with a smart phone can download it free.