Author: Todd Osborne

Boat in Distress Off West Beach

A 911 caller reported a small boat possibly being in distress offshore from the 1700 block of West Beach Drive in very rough water conditions. Oak Island Water Rescue responded with our surf-launch boat and crew while our Chief went directly to the scene. He observed the boaters were not in distress and in fact […]

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Kite Surfer in Lockwoods Folly Inlet

A 911 caller reported a kite surfer was down and away from their board and appeared to be drifting out with the tide in Lockwoods Folly Inlet. They were reported to be wearing a wetsuit and life jacket. Oak Island Water Rescue was dispatched without support from Oak Island Fire Department or Oak Island Police […]

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Training on October 15

The ocean is starting to cool and nights are coming earlier each day, so we decided that for this training session we would practice precision boat operations in the waterway. This would mimic approaching a victim in the water and carefully, but quickly, position the boat very near the person, allowing other crew members to […]

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Possible Drowning Near OKI Pier

This morning at 11:57 AM, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the beach near the Oak Island pier for a report of a male subject floating in the water near the end of the pier. We responded with our surf-launch boat 4491, two 4×4 trucks, […]

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Skydiver Landed in Marsh

Oak Island Water Rescue and Oak Island Fire Department were dispatched at 2:06 PM for a report of a skydiver missing the airport property and landing in the marsh near the old bridge. Many of our members reported immediately to the station to respond to this potentially very dangerous call, but were soon notified that […]

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Possible Boat in Distress

Oak Island Water Rescue and Oak Island Fire Department were dispatched to the beach in the area of SE 40th Street for a report of a boat possibly in distress about 200 yards offshore. The caller reported the boat waving a red flag. We arrived with a crew, two 4×4 trucks, and our surf-launch boat […]

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Flare Sighting Near 30th West

As we were cleaning up after an earlier call, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 3000 block of West Beach Drive for a report of a flare from a boat being seen by several people. We responded with a 4-man crew […]

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Kayaker in Distress Near Pier

At 7:15 PM, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the beach just west of the Oak Island Pier for a report of a kayaker who fell off his boat and was unable to make his way back to shore. We responded with our surf-launch boat […]

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Possible Boat in Distress

Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Police Department, and Oak Island Fire Department were dispatched to the beach in the area on 25th Place West for a report a boat near the shore with occupants waving, seemingly for help. We responded with Boat 4491 and were almost to the scene when we were cancelled by […]

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Boat in Distress

Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Police Department, and Oak Island Fire Department responded for a boater in distress 100 yards off shore from the 48th Place West Beach access. Boat 4491 was launched through the surf to assess the situation and report back to the on scene incident commander. The boat, with one Person […]

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