Sea Tow reports highest call volume in 30 years over the July 4th holiday weekend
Sea Tow Services International Inc.
July 10, 2013
Filed under News
Calls for Assistance by Boaters Increased 12% Over 2012
Southold, N.Y. – July 9, 2013 – The extended July 4th weekend that just concluded was the busiest in the 30-year history of Sea Tow Services International, Inc., the nation’s leading on-water assistance provider. Sea Tow’s national 24/7 Dispatch Center, together with its individual locations across the U.S., reported a 12 percent increase in calls for on-water assistance during the five-day weekend from July 3-7, 2013 over calls reported during the five-day holiday period from July 2-6, 2012.
While weather always plays a major role in determining the number of U.S. boaters who will take to the water over the July 4th holiday weekend, the substantial increase in call volume this year means many more boaters enjoyed the boating lifestyle with family and friends than in recent years, reflecting a strong summer recreational boating season across the country.
Sea Tow also reported that more than 100 of the calls for assistance it received during this year’s July 4th holiday were made using the Sea Tow Mobile App for iPhone and Android smartphones. This free App enables boaters to call for help with the swipe of a single finger on the phone’s touchscreen, and provides the caller’s exact GPS coordinates to Sea Tow’s Dispatch Center to further expedite service.
As usual, the number one assistance request reported by Sea Tow during the July 4th holiday period was for boat tows. This was followed by fuel delivery and jump starts in second and third place, respectively, with ungroundings running a close fourth. In addition, more than 38 percent of Sea Tow Captains across the country provided a salvage or recovery service during the long weekend.
“This July 4th holiday weekend was the busiest we’ve seen since I founded Sea Tow back in 1983,” said Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow Founder and CEO. “Across the country, our U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Sea Tow Captains and crew demonstrated their high level of professionalism and skill by responding quickly when needed and helping Sea Tow members and other boaters stay safe on the water. Our yellow Sea Tow boats helped make the 4th of July truly red, white and blue.
The high rate of U.S. boating activity over the July 4th weekend also clearly demonstrated the value of a Sea Tow membership. Sea Tow Services International reported that nationwide, its members saved more than $690,000 during the five-day holiday. “No out-of-pocket expenses, no paperwork – all of these services were covered under their Sea Tow membership,” said Frohnhoefer. “In addition, Sea Tow members enjoyed priority service over non-members, which can come in handy on busy boating weekends.”