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Triton, Mercury aid Katrina rescue

Updated: September 2, 2005, 2:48 PM ET
By Craig Lamb | Editor BASS INSIDER
ABERDEEN, Miss. — As the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina begins to escalate, tales of good deeds by concerned individuals and non-government organizations are beginning to come to light.

Among those is an emergency project launched by Triton Boats and Mercury Marine, two sponsors of the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail. The project kicked off after Triton Founder and President Earl Bentz and his staff heard of the dire need for rescue boats, and specifically flat-bottom vessels capable of navigating the flooded streets.

"It's something Earl and everybody at Triton felt very strongly about," noted Gary Zittrower, vice president and general manager of Triton's aluminum boat operations based in Aberdeen, Miss. "We heard about the need for rescue boats and Earl got behind us."

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