Author: Todd Osborne

Hurricane Preparedness Week

This is National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Week. Since burying our heads in the sand and pretending we’re all finished with hurricanes will not make them stay away, the best thing we can do is to prepare for the upcoming season. The National Weather Service has a lot of helpful information on their website. Check […]

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Ride the Tide 2019!

Oak Island Water Rescue was glad to assist with safety for Saturday’s Ride the Tide event. It was great to see so many people enjoying the sport of kayaking.

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Great New CREW Program for Kids Started by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has started a great new program to reward children for wearing their life jackets while boating!

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Oak Island Water Rescue Featured in the State Port Pilot

Here’s the article that appeared in this week’s State Port Pilot newspaper. It provides a good overview of our recent night training, and general information on the team.

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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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