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Nancy Ellett of Sea Tow awards Randy Stow, president of the Water Safety Council, with the Golden Life Jacket Award.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Longtime boating safety advocate Randy Stow was awarded the Golden Life Jacket Award from Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake at a Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council meeting Wednesday.
The former council chairman was nominated for the award by Capt s. Rick and Nancy Ellett, co-owners of Sea Tow, for his efforts in the community promoting boating safety and life jacket use.
“Every time we show up to participate in a water safety event, Randy is there,” said Nancy Ellett. “We nominated Randy because he has been involved for a number of years in a lot of different organizations and projects to promote boating safety. He is just an all-around great guy with a great personality.”
During his time as a certified boating instructor for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Stow has instructed more than 3,500 area students . He also is a certified vessel safety inspector, inspecting 40 to 50 pleasure craft each year. He is past commander of the Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron; during his tenure, the squadron nearly doubled its size.
Stow is president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association and serves on the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission’s Navigation Committee. The nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation launched the local hero award as part of Sea Tow’s 30th anniversary celebration.
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