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News and related information that impact safety on Oak Island

Night Training for Skydiver Rescue

Being close to an airport with active skydiving operations, we get calls for skydivers landing in the marsh and backwaters at least a couple times each year. So last night we combined our night boating and navigation practice with searching for a “skydiver” represented by 4 PVC pipes placed in the waterway, Dutchman Creek, and […]

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Surf-Launching and Live Streaming

Last night we added something new to our surf-launch practice, live streaming to Facebook. We hope you all enjoyed watching as much as we did streaming it. We have uploaded the video to our YouTube channel to keep around forever. You can also watch the full drone video.

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Bad Day for the Beach

Today is a good day to sit in a beach chair on the strand. It’s a very bad day to swim in the surf or get on a pool float in the ocean. It’s also a dangerous day to take a small boat out into coastal waters. We have a HIGH rip current risk, 3-6 […]

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Hazardous Monday Morning

Hazardous Monday morning to you. Today, offshore tropical activity has caused life threatening surf conditions and we request that you to stay out of the ocean due to a HIGH rip current risk. This elevated risk caused the NWS to issue a Rip Current Statement for all local beaches. Surf today will be 2-3 feet […]

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Jackson Boswell Rescue

Much has been said about this rescue, but we wanted to provide the full story, as best we know it. Jackson and his family are terrific people, and it has been a pleasure getting to know them since his rescue and recovery. Jackson is a 17 year old from Winston-Salem, NC that suffered an epileptic […]

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Jackson on WFMY TV News

Jackson, the 17 year old who nearly drowned last Saturday, is now safely at home to continue his recovery. After meeting with us at the station yesterday afternoon, he and his family finished their interview with WFMY TV in Greensboro, and that story aired on the news last night. You can watch it here. In […]

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Jackson Visits the Station

On most calls, we don’t get much information about the final outcome for the patient. Sometimes none at all, which leaves us all wondering what happened after we turned the patient over to the medical professionals. Then we have Jackson and his family… 🙂 His family posted information on our Facebook page almost immediately after […]

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Fundraiser for Jackson Boswell

Y’all probably know we are doing a September-long matching fundraiser to help us recover from Hurricane Isaias, and we very much appreciate your help! But we would like to make another request. Not for us, but to help out the family impacted by the near-drowning on Saturday here on Oak Island. We responded to the […]

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Sometimes It Takes an Island

Saturday afternoon a young man nearly drowned while playing in the surf. This was a life threatening medical condition and he was placed on a ventilator at a local hospital.Thanks to a whole bunch of helpful people, we are sharing with you a photo that Jackson’s parents shared in comments on our page. Doesn’t he […]

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Chief Young on Fox 8 News

Chief Tony Young appeared on Fox 8 News recently to discuss our ocean search operations. We have been searching the waters around Oak Island looking for evidence of debris, vehicles, etc. We are still investigating some locations, but have not yet found anything substantial in the water.

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