Sea Tow reports busy Memorial Day weekend

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. – Marine assistance organization Sea Tow Services International Inc. had a busy Memorial Day weekend, the company reported in a statement earlier this week.

Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer III, Sea Tow’s vice president of operations, credited the spike in boating activity to the beautiful weather conditions throughout the country, particularly in the Northeast, where Memorial Day has come to mark the beginning of the boating season.

“There was a significant amount of activity this weekend, particularly in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, which saw a running start to their seasons.” Frohnhoefer said. “Our numbers also show that while fuel prices didn’t keep boaters off the water, they certainly kept boaters from venturing farther than usual.”

Of the nearly 1,000 assistance calls Sea Tow responded to this weekend, most were for routine, member-covered services such as fuel drops, battery jumps, dock-to-dock tows and mechanical failures, according to the company. Many franchisees said the calls were a result of boaters failing to properly commission their boats before getting underway for the first time this season.

Sea Tow’s franchisees burned in excess of 12,000 gallons of fuel, responded to more than 15 mayday calls and reported over 30 salvages throughout the four-day weekend, the company reported. The stats are representative of the activity within the Sea Tow network from Friday afternoon until last night.

Founded in 1983 by Chairman & CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow now serves over 160,000 members in more than 110 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

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