I've stopped and helped many times. Towed folks so far I've used almost a full 70 gallons of fuel. I've missed entire days helping folks get boats unstuck. Never have taken a penny for any of it. You just never know when someone is in danger. Of course you never know when you're the one thats going to need some help. I was actually the one who stopped and helped Capt. Lowtides friend. He was in and out when we got to him and wouldn't have made it much longer. Again ALWAYS STOP! You're in a boat, if someone was trying to do harm you would know it, always check it out.