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News and related information that impact safety on Oak Island

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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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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