That's awful news. I wonder if this is recent. It worked fine on Narragansett Bay through September.
The automated response started with something like "Thank you for hailing SeaTow's automated radio check (then inserted the recorded hail you made) and went on with an advertisement or sometimes a PSA on lifejackets or similar. I always just hit the ch16 button, the moment I heard my transmission. No doubt hard to sell ad space. Thought it was good name recognition for SeaTow in what is a competitive commercial towing industry.