If there’s one thing I don’t write enough of, it’s articles related to safety. Whether it’s safety advice, equipment, skills, reminders, etc., I’m going to make a concerted effort to produce some more safety-oriented articles this year starting with a positive one about life-saving rescues.

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BoatUS Chairman and CEO Kirk La (left to right) poses with one of the four Woody Pollack Award winners, Capt. Kyle Potts of TowBoatUS Charlotte Harbor, Fla., and Capt. Christina M. Davidson of the US Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue. Photo courtesy BoatUS

Recently 10 boat-towing captains who acted quickly to save lives last year were honored by their peers at a ceremony held at the annual BoatUS Towing Conference in Jupiter, Fla., on January 18. The event recognized the captains from TowBoatUS towing locations in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and California.

Along with four Meritorious Service Awards that were presented at the conference, the annual Woody Pollack Lifesaving Award, which is named after respected towboat captain Dave “Woody” Pollack who died in 1994, was given to four captains who teamed up to rescue two young anglers after their 16-foot Carolina skiff was found capsized in the middle of Florida’s Charlotte Harbor during stormy conditions.

Read more: Honoring the Lifesavers