Towing service opens on Lake Pontchartrain

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Capt. Mark Tupper opened his second on-the-water towing port on Lake Pontchartrain at Oak Harbor Marina in Slidell, La.

The new port, TowBoatU.S. East Lake Pontchartrain, La., provides tows, fuel deliveries, battery jump-starts and ungrounding services for recreational boaters. The Coast Guard-licensed Tupper also owns TowBoatU.S. West Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville at Mariners Village, which he opened two years ago.

Tupper believes that the area's continued post-Katrina development will bring more boaters and business.

"We are seeing marinas growing, as well as hotels and canal-front homes sprouting up,” he said in a statement.

The new TowBoatU.S. port has a 20-foot Twin V Cat response boat that was built especially for the lake's shallow and marshy waters. Onboard is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps and a battery "jump pack" to handle dead batteries.

A native of New Orleans and a former oil and gas industry engineer, Tupper is past chairman of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited and a member of the local U.S. Power Squadron. His company also volunteers services to local fishing tournaments and sailing regattas.

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