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Sea Tow Fort Loudon Opens Life Jacket Loaner Stands

Public Access to Free Life Jackets Provided to Help Make Local Boating Safer


Lenoir City, TN – 5/22/12 – Sea Tow Ft. Loudon, the leading on-water assistance provider for East Tennessee, announced it will open new ‘Life Jacket Loaner Stands’ on 5/25/12. These stands hold life jackets provided courtesy of the Sea Tow Foundation that boaters may borrow to replace missing or damaged personal flotation devices (PFDs), or use for extra guests on board their boats. The life jackets are available in a variety of sizes, including children’s sizes; the U.S. Coast Guard requires all children under 13 years of age to wear life jackets at all times.


The new Sea Tow Life Jacket Loaner stands will be located at Fort Loudon Marina.


“All boaters should be sure they have the right number of usable life jackets on board. But in case they come up short, they’ll have the peace of mind of knowing they can borrow PFDs from our new Life Jacket Loaner Stand,” said Capt. Chad Walters of Sea Tow Ft. Loudon.


Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed nearly 15,000 life jackets to boaters across the country. These life jackets are purchased through a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. They are distributed to local Sea Tow Captains who make them available to boaters free of charge. Many of the Sea Tow Foundation 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. Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them at the end of the day so that they are available for others to use.


In addition to use by recreational boaters, the Sea Tow Foundation life jackets have been utilized for towing and marine assistance operations, at boat shows, boat parades, fishing tournaments and water cleanup events, and by boating camps and school groups. Sea Tow Captains also have partnered with their local marine law enforcement officers to provide them with life jackets for boaters they see as being in need. 


About Sea Tow

Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the nation’s leading on-water assistance provider. Established in 1983 by Founder & CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow now serves members in more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, how to become a Sea Tow member, or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow franchise owner, please visit


About the Sea Tow Foundation

In 2007, Sea Tow Founder and CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer created the Sea Tow Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – to promote safe boating practices. The Foundation’s goal is to reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating. For more information, please visit


About Sea Tow Ft. Loudon

In service since 2003, we cover Ft. Loudon, Tellico and Watts Bar Lakes.  We provide around the clock on the water assistance to our members.


For more information, please contact:

Capt. Chad Walters             or        Cindy McCaffery

Sea Tow Ft. Loudon                         Sea Tow Services

                                                            International, Inc.

(865) 986-4045                                (631) 765-3660 x3161