U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer Chris Abernethy receives Sea Tow Foundation Golden Life Jacket Award

Sea Tow Foundation
September 20, 2013
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Award Honors Local Heroes as Part of Sea Tow’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Palm Beach, Fla.—August 30, 2013—Sea Tow Palm Beach President and Captain Will Beck presented Chris Abernethy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) with the Sea Tow Foundation’s Golden Life Jacket Award on Wednesday, August 28. The presentation was made in the Sea Tow Palm Beach office in Riviera Beach, Fla. Abernethy received the award for his countless hours of volunteer service manning the communications desk at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet and his dedication to promoting boating safety by teaching monthly Boating Safety Courses.

"It's both a privilege and a pleasure to work with Chris,” said Capt. Beck. “His knowledge, professionalism, especially in times of crisis, as well as his commitment to helping others has been a great service to our boating community.”

The Sea Tow Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Founder and CEO of leading on-water assistance provider Sea Tow Services International, Inc., to promote boating safety practices across the U.S. The Foundation launched the Golden Life Jacket Award this year as part of Sea Tow’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and plans to continue it as an annual awards program.

The Golden Life Jacket Award is presented to “local heroes” in communities across the nation who provide guidance to youth on boating safety issues on a volunteer basis, and/or have made a positive difference in their community by promoting boating safety and life jacket use – one of the Sea Tow Foundation’s core missions. Each year, Sea Tow franchisees may nominate candidates from their community whom they feel are worthy of receiving the Golden Life Jacket Award from the Sea Tow Foundation and a local franchise.

“Local heroes like Chris Abernethy are making a huge difference every day in their boating communities by helping to make boating safer and more enjoyable for everyone,” said Gail Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation.

In addition to running the USCGA Safe Boating Courses, Chris also has been the VHF radio “Voice of Station Lake Worth Inlet” for a number of years. He has devoted hundreds of hours to the station without thought of compensation, and shared boating safety information at marine events throughout the county and through the safe boating course he teaches in Riviera Beach.


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