Author: Todd Osborne

SpaceX Rocket Mistaken as Flare

We were dispatched to the beach to the 1600 block of East Beach Drive to investigate a possible flare sighting. A caller had seen what they thought was a flare, but after further investigation it was discovered what they actually saw was a SpaceX rocket that had launched from Florida and was clearly visible off […]

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4 Kayaks In Distress

Just prior to 12:00 noon today, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol were dispatched to “The Point” at the west end of Oak Island for a report of four kayakers in distress. The information from the 911 caller was that four kayakers […]

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Medical Transport from The Point

Just after 7:30AM we were dispatched, along with Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, Brunswick County EMS, and St. James EMS, for a serious medical issue at The Point. We were called primarily to transport the patient and emergency crews to and from the scene, which was difficult to access without off-road vehicles. […]

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Possible Boat Fire Off SE 58th Street

We were dispatched, along with Oak Island Fire Department and Oak Island Police Department, to the beach near SE 58th Street for a report of a boat 100 yards out that was possibly on fire. When we arrived, it was apparent the boat was actually a fairly large ship, was much further from shore, and […]

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Two Boys Struggling West of Pier

We were dispatched to an area near the Oak Island Pier for a report of 2 boys on boogie boards struggling well offshore. We were cancelled enroute when the boys made it safely back to shore.

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Kayak Offshore Near Night

We were dispatched to check on a kayak that was reported about 1/4 mile offshore from SE 40th Street with night rapidly approaching. The wind was fairly strong and 3-4′ waves were breaking on the shore. Multiple 911 callers reported seeing a man in a kayak waving a light, as if needing help. Oak Island […]

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Night Training for Skydiver Rescue

Being close to an airport with active skydiving operations, we get calls for skydivers landing in the marsh and backwaters at least a couple times each year. So last night we combined our night boating and navigation practice with searching for a “skydiver” represented by 4 PVC pipes placed in the waterway, Dutchman Creek, and […]

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Caswell Beach Swimmer and Boat Adrift

This morning we had 2 semi-rare October calls. The first was from Caswell Beach where a man and his wife had been open water swimming and lost track of each other. After the man searched for about 30 minutes, he called 911. While some of our team members responded to the station to get the […]

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Rescue at Oak Island Pier

WWAY TV News also covered this rescue and their story can be found here. WECT TV News reported on this rescue as well. Just prior to 8:00 this morning, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Brunswick County EMS were dispatched for a water rescue at the Oak Island […]

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Surf-Launching and Live Streaming

Last night we added something new to our surf-launch practice, live streaming to Facebook. We hope you all enjoyed watching as much as we did streaming it. We have uploaded the video to our YouTube channel to keep around forever. You can also watch the full drone video.

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