I can't even guess how many boats I towed on the lake over the years. It was a natural thing to see one out of fuel or having problems and just to toss them a rope and tow them in. This was before the tow services were as active but continued even after. I did this from the time I was a child and I just thought it was the natural thing to do and they would do the same for me. However one day I pulled up to a boat after another had refused to tow them. I knew the owner who had refused and said something to him after I made the tow. He said he didn't want to risk damaging his engines. I said, "I'll keep that in mind if the time ever comes you need a tow." Well, poetic justice had that time come six months or so later. I pulled up to see if everyone was ok. Then I said calmly, "Well, I'd tow you but I don't want to risk damaging my engines" and waved bye. Note there was no danger as it was a calm sunny afternoon. About an hour later someone pulled him into the marina. I smiled as he walked up. He turned to me and said, "Lesson learned. I will help others in the future." I just replied, "Glad to hear that." None of us are beyond one day needing assistance on land or water. We should think of that when we see others in need. If it's a task we can't do, we can help them find service, and even stay with them until it does arrive to make sure everyone is ok. It seems so simple. I see a boat run aground. I do ask if they're all ok and if they have a tow boat on the way. It's unfortunate that one has to be a bit more leery of disabled cars due to some of the ambushes that have occurred. Still I try to ascertain their situation while not subjecting myself or passengers to an unknown risk. The most recent one I stopped for turned out to be a mother and three small children and no cell phone. My wife waited in our car and was prepared to call 911 had it been an ambush or anything. But as it was, I simply let the woman use my cell phone and we waited for her husband to arrive. Now I do like the numbers to call on the turnpikes now, to notify of disabled vehicles. Isn't it simply "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."