History of Smith Point Sea Rescue
Smith Point Sea Rescue had its origin in the heart and mind of Dr. Robert E. Beatley and his wife Vera. The desire to form this squad followed the successful rescue of a father and two young children. This threesome had spent a chilly November night hanging onto the bow of a sunken boat in the bay near Reedville. In the fall of 1973, Dr. Beatley's dream came true. Smith Point Sea Rescue was born.
Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc. was officially organized in 1974 as a volunteer sea rescue service. Its 30 members comprise the last remaining sea rescue unit on the Chesapeake Bay.
Members share duties year around, 24 hours a day to maintain equipment, conduct training, and respond to search and rescue missions. Smith Point Sea Rescue covers the middle Chesapeake Bay between the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River. All members are volunteers.
During its 30 years, Smith Point Sea Rescue has gone from rather humble beginnings, where members volunteered their boats as well as themselves, to its current formidable and prestigious unit. Today it has three boats to operate rescue services.
Smith Point Sea Rescue receives no monetary support from any state or governmental agency. Funds are derived from donations and fund raising events such as the Reedville Fishing Derby. Smith Point Sea Rescue has a tax-exempt status [501(c)3] from the Internal Revenue Service.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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