Addition to boat ramp saving lives for free

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Jackets are distributed to local Sea Tow franchises which make them available to boaters free of charge. Many of the life jackets are offered to boaters through the popular Life Jacket Loaner Stands.

These stands are placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to the life jackets, such as marinas and boat ramps.

Established in 1983 by Founder & CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow is a leader in on-water assistance. The foundation serves members in over 100 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

If a boat breaks down or runs out of gas, members can call Sea Tow for a quick assist on the water.

“Safety is a big deal for us,” said Brandon Davis, an employee with the Port St. Joe branch of Sea Tow. “There’s lots of dangerous stuff going on out there.”

Davis spends most of his days on the water and occasionally interfaces with the Coast Guard.

While many associate boating with harmless fun in the sun, Davis said that accidents do happen at sea and reports that most boating deaths are a result of not wearing a life jacket. For children, ill-fitting life vests can be just as fatal.

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