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02/14/19 6:00am
02/14/2019 6:00 AM

As technology evolves, so does the way distressed boaters seek help.

In lieu of traditional VHF radios, boaters frequently turn to dialing 911 when an emergency arises, especially when close to shore where a cell signal is still strong. That has, at times, led to poor communication between different departments coordinating a rescue and delayed notification to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Joe Frohnhoefer III, CEO of Sea Tow, based in Southold. READ

06/15/15 5:58am
06/15/2015 5:58 AM
Michael Wesolowski. (Credit: courtesy)

Michael Wesolowski. (Credit: Sea Tow)

As the new executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation, which promotes safe boating practices, Michael Wesolowski has his sights set on creating an improved website for users.

Mr. Wesolowski was recently hired as executive director for the foundation, which was formed in 2007 by Sea Tow founder Joseph Frohnhoefer(more…)

03/25/15 12:33pm
03/25/2015 12:33 PM
"Captain Joe" Frohnhoefer, founder of Sea Tow Services International, died Tuesday. Services have been scheduled for this weekend. (Credit: courtesy photo)

“Captain Joe” Frohnhoefer, founder of Sea Tow Services International, died Tuesday. Services have been scheduled for this weekend. (Credit: courtesy photo)

A service to celebrate the life of Sea Tow founder and philanthropist Joseph Frohnhoefer has been planned for this Sunday, according to a local funeral home.  (more…)

03/24/15 5:34pm
03/24/2015 5:34 PM
The Frohnhoefer family (from left) Kristen, Joseph III and parents Joseph and Georgia in July 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The Frohnhoefer family (from left) Kristen, Joseph III and parents Joseph and Georgia in July 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Joseph Frohnhoefer Jr., the charitable businessman who founded the Southold-based marine assistance company Sea Tow Services International and donated to several causes across the North Fork, died Tuesday. He was 71.

Mr. Frohnhoefer was a former Coast Guard captain and a licensed electrician who taught for 20 years at Mattituck High School. After serving as a Bay Constable for Southold Town police, he founded Sea Tow in 1983 to help boaters stranded on the water. (more…)

09/18/14 8:00am
09/18/2014 8:00 AM
Patrick O’Halloran (left) and Garrett Moore met for the first time Tuesday evening in the Mitchell Park marina, hours after a joint effort to rescue six boaters and bring an out-of-control cigarette boat to a halt in the waters of Greenport Harbor. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Patrick O’Halloran (left) and Garrett Moore met for the first time Tuesday evening in the Mitchell Park marina, hours after a joint effort to rescue six boaters and bring an out-of-control cigarette boat to a halt in the waters of Greenport Harbor. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

No, a scene from a dramatic action movie wasn’t being filmed in Greenport Harbor on Monday. What happened was this: After six people were flung from a speeding powerboat that had turned sideways, two strangers who live on opposite sides of the bay played integral roles in rescuing the victims and ensuring safety in the harbor by bringing the runaway boat to a halt.  (more…)

07/07/13 7:30am
07/07/2013 7:30 AM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Sea Tow has a loaner life vest station at Founders Landing in Southold.

Sea Tow has launched its national Life Jacket Loaner Station program for the 2013 summer season.

The program allows boaters to borrow life jackets while they’re out on the water, on the condition the vests eventually be returned.

The program was made possible by a $20,000 donation from the beverage distributer Clare Rose, Inc., of Yaphank, and American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, of St. Louis.

“We are honored to be aligned with Clare Rose, a like-minded, local family-run business, and with Anheuser-Busch, which has been the industry leader in promoting alcohol responsibility on and off the water for the past 30 years,” said Sea Tow Founder and CEO, Captain Joe Frohnhoefer in a statement. “We want to do what we can to help reduce preventable accidents and have a safer 2013 season.”

The Southold-based company, celebrating 30 years in business, also offers free boating safety and information services to the public, including the Sea Tow App for smartphones and Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service.

Life jackets are available at the following locations on the North Fork:

— Treasure Cove Marina, Riverhead

— Mitchell Park Marina, Greenport

— Gull Pond, Greenport

— Founders Landing, Southold

— Strong’s Marina, Mattituck

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