Author: Todd Osborne

Watercraft Incident

At 3:23 PM, Oak Island Water Rescue and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the beach in the vicinity of 5th Place West based on a report of a sailboat having capsized with 2 people on board. We arrived within minutes in truck 4481 and our surf-launch boat, 4491. It was determined the boat […]

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The New 4482 is Ready!

Thanks in part to your generous donations, our new truck is now ready for rescues! Our old “Gray Ghost” Dodge Ram 1500 served us well, but it was eagerly awaiting its retirement and had one foot in the grave for a long time. We recently purchased this 2016 Ford F150 from a local dealership with […]

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Patient Transport Following Fall

This morning at 11:52 AM we were dispatched to the beach in the vicinity of 27th Place West to transport a patient that suffered a leg injury. Oak Island Water Rescue responded with 2 4×4 trucks, including our new truck that your generous donations are making possible! The patient was transported to a waiting ambulance […]

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Floating Debris

If you saw our vehicles on the beach just before lunch, we were investigating a report of a raft a few hundred yards off the beach. We responded with two 4×4 trucks and the surf launch boat. In coordination with Oak Island Fire Department and Oak Island Police Department, we were able to determine that […]

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Lockwoods Folly Dredging Complete

The dredging project in Lockwoods Folly Inlet is complete. The Army Corps of Engineers has posted the latest survey. The project was designed for the channel to be 8 feet deep and 150 feet wide. Oak Island Water Rescue will post our EchoMaps once we have an opportunity to update them.

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Swimmer at End of the Pier

Tonight we responded (with two 4×4 trucks and our surf launch boat) to Ocean Crest Pier for a swimmer reported to be out past the pier. Oak Island Police Department, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Water Rescue arrived on scene and determined that the swimmer was back on shore. Ready for the next […]

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WWAY News On Dangers of Inflatables

WWAY News aired a story last night about a recent water rescue performed by Oak Island Water Rescue and did a great job of bringing attention to the risks associated with using these large inflatable rafts on the ocean.

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A Welcome Visit

Last night we had a very unexpected visitor during our monthly meeting at the station. We had just discussed the recent rescue and were in the process of checking all of our vehicles and boats to ensure their readiness for the next time we’re needed. This young man and his family are vacationing from Ohio […]

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The Danger of Inflatables

A couple of days ago, Oak Island Water Rescue rescued a child who was on a unicorn raft, hundreds of yards off the beach. We’d like to share some safety tips and photos from that event. We all know floats have the potential to be dangerous, whether in the pool or ocean. Some beaches allow […]

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Unicorn Raft Rescue

Today Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, United States Coast Guard, and other area marine law enforcement agencies (North Carolina Marine Patrol and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol) were dispatched for a child on a unicorn float/raft that had been blown by the wind into deeper water. It […]

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