Author: Todd Osborne

Fire on Horse Island

At 6:18 PM we were dispatched to assist Oak Island Fire Department with a fire on Horse Island. That is the island between Davis Canal and the beach, and is only accessible by boat. We, along with a good Samaritan boater, helped firefighters get on the island, transport their gear, and pull a fire hose […]

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Aircraft Accident on Jay Bird Shoals

We responded to a mutual aid request from Bald Head Island Public Safety regarding an aircraft accident on Jay Bird Shoals, which is essentially a sandbar between Oak Island and Bald Head Island, NC that is only visible near or at low tide. We were dispatched along with United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island, […]

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First Hovercraft Rescue – 2 Children and Father Stuck in the Mud

Overview/Commentary As you may know, we had a very interesting rescue this afternoon of 3 people stuck in the mud following a kayaking incident. This was the exact scenario we planned for when we acquired, via a very generous donation, our hovercraft last year. Tidal marshes and swamps can be great places to kayak, but […]

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Pontoon Boat in ICW

We were dispatched, along with Oak Island Fire Department and Oak Island Police Department, to investigate a pontoon boat that appeared to be stuck in the Intracoastal Waterway for several hours. The caller, who was at Sunset Harbor, stated the people on board had been flashing a light in an apparent distress manner. We launched […]

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Pink Float Out Too Far

Along with Oak Island Fire Department, we were dispatched to the beach near 3rd Place East for a report of a pink float out too far and getting further away. Upon arrival we found a swimmer towing a floatation device that was in no danger and cancelled the call.

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Father and Son Drown Near Oak Island Pier

Just after 1:30 PM, we were dispatched, along with Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, Brunswick County EMS, and Southport FD EMS, for a report of a drowning near the Trott Street beach access, in the vicinity of the Oak Island Pier. United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, […]

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Two Young Men Missing on Kayak

We were dispatched, along with Oak Island Fire Department, to the area near SE 67th Street just before 5:30 PM for a report of 2 young men on a neon green kayak that could no longer be seen and their parents were concerned for their safety. We were advised by their father that they were […]

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Paddleboarder (Balloons) Out Too Far

We were dispatched to the beach near 5th Place West for a report of a paddleboarder that was out too far and appeared to be struggling, bobbing up and down. The call was canceled when it was determined that what people on the beach saw was actually several balloons in the water. We did launch […]

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Swimmer Off Sellers Street

Just before 5PM,we were dispatched along with Oak Island Fire Department and Oak Island Police Department to the beach near Sellers Street on the east end of the island for a report of a woman swimming very far offshore and getting further away from land. We responded with 2 4×4 trucks, our surf-launch boat, and […]

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Missing Teenage Girls

Along with Oak Island Fire Department and Oak Island Police Department, we were dispatched just after 4PM to help locate 2 missing teenage girls last seen in the water near the 3600 block of West Beach Drive. We responded with our surf-launch boat and 2 4×4 trucks. The girls were located about the same time […]

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