Block Island Times

Local captain honored for lifesaving act

A local captain has been honored by two separate marine organizations for his contribution to a lifesaving effort on the Great Salt Pond last summer.
Capt. Bob DiSanto was cited by TowBoatUS, a boat towing service, and the marine assistance lobbying group C-PORT when he helped save an unresponsive elderly couple on their boat on Sunday, Aug. 18.
“I was flown down for the C-PORT award by my company, which is SafeSea, and I was quite honored. It’s one thing to go out and do what I do, but when your peers see what you do and give you an ward for it, it kind of validates everything else,” DiSanto said. Only two others were honored with that particular award this year, he said, “so it’s not like it’s happening all the time.”
The TowBoatUS award was announced on Jan. 27.
DiSanto has some personal history on the island.
“I have special place in my heart for Block Island. I was a trumpet player at the Yellow Kittens on New Years Eve 2000 and on the way home from playing the gig I met my wife on the ferry. We got married at the 1661 Inn. We’re celebrating

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