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News and related information that impact safety on Oak Island

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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StarNews Report

Last week, Wilmington’s StarNews sent a couple of reporters to our monthly training to learn more about Oak Island Water Rescue, the saves we have been a part of this year, how a 100% volunteer rescue organization was started and operates, and our need to raise funds to purchase new equipment and replace aging boats. […]

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Surf-Launch, CPR, and Drone Training

Last night Oak Island Water Rescue was on the beach training in surf launch, medical care (CPR) of a recovered victim, and drone pilot operations. Here are a few photos and drone footage. The StarNews came out for the event so you may see an article on the team.

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We Have Beach Flags!

We just added a new flagpole in front of our station on SE 49th Street which will fly flags that indicate the current beach conditions! This is something that many in the community have asked for and we are happy to provide this service.To learn more about what each flag means, please check out this […]

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How to Swim in Large Waves

Do you know how to swim through a large wave? Standing your ground and getting slammed by a big one does not normally work out all that well, does it? Watch this interview with our Chief Tony Young that aired recently on a local TV news station to learn more.

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Danger of Large Waves

We are grateful to Patrick for reaching out to us and encouraging us to share his story. In light of the recent tragedy on the island, this is such a timely message and warning.

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Cross-Training with Oak Island Fire Department

We are finally getting around to posting some photos of our recent surf launch training with Oak Island Fire Department. We did this joint surf-launch training on July 9, 2019 and have more photos to edit and videos to share in the coming days. Surf launching is our bread and butter. It is the most […]

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Drone Featured on WECT TV News

We have been working for quite some time to add aerial drone capabilities to our fleet and toolbox, and are now ready to respond to emergencies using our DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone! This is not your “off-the-shelf” drone but rather a very advanced piece of aerial equipment that we will use for water rescues […]

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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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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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