You must decide the best course of action when asked to tow a disabled vessel or require a tow. Although it is customary among boaters to offer what assistance you can, you are not obligated to tow another vessel. As a Good Samaritan, assist as possible, but do not endanger your crew or vessel. Provide aid by contacting the Coast Guard and/or a professional tow service.
There are important factors that must be taken into consideration in making the determination to tow another vessel. The primary issue is the safety of all persons aboard both the potential tow vessel and the vessel seeking assistance. Operators must consider their skill, experience, and weather conditions. It may be in everyone’s best interest to call for professional assistance (if available). Towing another vessel requires specialized training and proper equipment which is outside the scope of this course.