Author: Todd Osborne

Night Search and Rescue Training

Last week, Oak Island Water Rescue conducted night search and rescue training on the AICW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) and a few local creeks. All team members participated in a different waterborne search scenario using forward looking infrared and night vision optics. Here are a few photos from that night. The State Port Pilot was present […]

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The Danger of Rip Currents

Folks, we hate sharing this heartbreaking update from Emerald Isle with you. Such a sad situation for all involved. Rip currents don’t care who you are or how old you are. They are just an everyday part of ocean life. It’s our job to talk about them, to learn how to recognize and avoid them, […]

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Tragedy Yesterday in Emerald Isle

Tragedy yesterday in Emerald Isle. While not local news, this story highlights the danger of swimming in rough water. The surf was reported to be between 6-9 feet and there was a High Rip Current warning. The United States Coast Guard has announced they are ending their search. The male swimmer disappeared and the female […]

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Rip Current Water Rescue

Again from Emerald Isle, this time a video of a rip current rescue. Rip currents are deadly and widespread when the surf is up. This is a common example where untrained rescuers attempted a swimming rescue, often with tragic results. This could have easily resulted in multiple drownings. If you look carefully you will notice […]

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Kayakers In Trouble Near Eastern Channel

Oak Island Water Rescue is responding to an incident on the west end of the island, near the point. Boat 4490 is launching from the Blue Water Point Boat Ramp. More information will be posted as it is available. On the above call, the kayakers were able to return to shore on their own. The […]

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Rip Rescue in Fort Fisher

We’ve been talking about it for a few days now. Locally we almost had a rip current drowning (based on media reports and witness statements) at nearby Fort Fisher. The initial victims were pulled out by the rip current. At least one swimmer attempted a rescue and nearly became a victim. It is extremely difficult […]

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Inflatable Kayak Donation

Oak Island Water Rescue is working to increase our capability to respond to those in need. One area we have identified as needing attention is the many local shallow creeks and marsh areas. These difficult to reach locations can be especially challenging at low tide. Today, Mary graciously provided Oak Island Water Rescue with this […]

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Latest Waterway Survey

Here’s the latest survey by the United States Army Corp of Engineers of the AICW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) where it intersects with the Lockwoods Folly Inlet. As the graphics show, the recent dredging created a straight channel across the Lockwoods Folly Inlet intersection. Note how quickly it becomes shallow if the navigational buoys are not […]

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Lockwoods Folly Off Limits for Shellfishing Due to Bacteria Concerns

We keep our posts focused on water safety and water rescue, but here’s a rare exception as the issue is health related to our local waterway. Read the complete WWAY story here.

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Preparing for the Summer!

We’ve been out on the water quite a bit lately to ensure the boats are ready for the upcoming busy season. It is also a good opportunity to refresh our skills and tactics.

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