Author: Todd Osborne

Lockwood Folly Inlet Still Shallow and Narrow

The Army Corps of Engineers has released an updated Hydrosurvey of the Lockwood Folly Inlet. Surveyed on 02/02/2020 and released 02/07/2020. The Lockwood Folly Crossing at Marker 47A still shows dangerous shallow depths in the charted channel. In the Inlet, it is extremely narrow at the inlet opening and remains very shallow over the breaker […]

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Oak Island’s Visible Historic Shipwreck

The Civil War Blockade Runner “Bendigo” can be seen at low tide off of Oak island’s “The Point” which is the Westernmost edge of the island. The Bendigo rests in the shallows, off shore, just East of the main channel of the Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The Bendigo ran aground on the sandbar in the early […]

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Charlie is Retiring

We really don’t like goodbyes. Seriously, we hate them. Our beloved team member, Charlie, has retired from Oak Island Water Rescue. He gave us this gift at our Christmas party last month, and we won’t miss him at all. He is basically a bum, not good for anything really, and served mostly to slow us […]

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Saying Farewell to Carl

We are saddened to have to say farewell to one of our finest, Carl. He and his family are leaving the Oak Island area to assist family members in Maryland and we will certainly miss them all. In case you didn’t know, Carl was responsible for nearly all the posts on the Oak Island Water […]

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Skydiver Crash on Pier

Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the Oak Island Pier based on a report that at skydiver had crashed into the pier and was tangled on a light pole. It was soon discovered that he had not crashed, but landed on the pier and was […]

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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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