TowBoatUS franchise gains Coast Guard certification

TowBoatUS Mystic was certified to assist the Coast Guard in search-and-rescue efforts.

TowBoatUS Mystic — a 24-hour, on-water recreational boat towing and assistance company in Connecticut — was certified to assist the Coast Guard in search-and-rescue efforts.

That’s because TowBoatUS Mystic completed a pilot search-and-rescue training program in May that was developed by Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. The program certifies non-Coast Guard assets, such as on-water towing companies, police and fire departments and harbormasters, for SAR response.

In a ceremony at Coast Guard Station New London (Conn.) to acknowledge TowBoatUS Mystic’s completion of the Coast Guard search and rescue procedures and boat operations course for the New London Port Security Group, Capt. Jeff Dziedzic of TowBoatUS Mystic signed a memorandum of agreement with Coast Guard Capt. Ed Cubanski, commander of Sector Long Island Sound.

“We’ll always render emergency aid,” Dziedzic said in a statement. “We’re not in the rescue business — it’s just something you do as a fellow boater. This unique U.S. Coast Guard course creates a cooperative environment and gets all of us on the same page with SAR protocols, communications and operations. The signing of the MOA represents a great achievement for my company, as it sets a precedent of training and safety standards, which greatly benefits the boating community and port partners. This voluntary public-private working relationship it creates will ultimately help save lives and property during search-and-rescue missions.”


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