Sea Tow Services International held an awards ceremony this week to honor more than 35 franchises at its 28th annual meeting in Fort Myers, Fla.
“Your captains and crew are consummate professionals, and they are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to do so,” Rear Admiral William Baumgartner said in his address to start the evening.
Sea Tow Clarks Hill Lake (S.C.) Captain and Owner Jon G. Gridley was cited “For Life Saving Efforts” for his performance of duties on the afternoon of July 4. During an intense thunderstorm, which produced winds in excess of 50 knots and three- to four-foot choppy seas,
Capt. Gridley responded to a distress call from a houseboat caught in the storm out on a lake.
After racing to the scene, he learned that after a 12-year-old boy (wearing a life jacket) was blown overboard, an adult male jumped into the water without a life jacket in an effort to save the boy, who subsequently was recovered in good health. Capt. Gridley quickly located the missing adult male in the water, unconscious and about to submerge. He pulled the man aboard his Sea Tow vessel, and quickly headed back to the marina while his friend performed CPR. The man was revived on the dock and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.