SOUTHOLD, N.Y. – Sea Tow Services International has created the Sea Tow Boating Safety & Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the on-water safety of recreational boaters, the company said in a statement yesterday.
“The foundation’s mission is predicated on ensuring the safety of the recreational boating population by educating them on the ‘basics’ that, historically, have meant the difference between life and death,” said Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow CEO. “One need only look at the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2006 boating statistics report, which cites an increase in both accidents and fatalities and attributes the majority of those accidents to the 70 percent of the population that has never taken a safety course to realize this is an initiative whose time has come.”
Under the direction of Michelle Knox, executive director, the foundation will focus on implementing programs that will reduce recreational boating accidents, fatalities and property damage. Knox is supported with a board of directors that is dedicated to implementing boating safety initiatives that are national in scope and include on-water practicum.
The foundation is offering the FWC’s Boat Safe certificate exam to all Miami Boat Show attendees, free of charge. Those who pass the exam will receive certification from the state of Florida and will also receive a 60-day membership with Sea Tow.
The foundation’s board includes George Hochbrueckner, Larry Russo Sr., Larry Innis and various members of the Sea Tow organization, both past and present.
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