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News and related information that impact safety on Oak Island

Rip Currents Ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

With the forecast calling for a high risk of rip currents today, we sent our drone out to see if we could capture some video of them. We found several rips, all between SE 52nd Street and SE 46th Street. All video was shot within 15 minutes. The people seen swimming in the video were […]

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Brian Schmidt and Chief Tony Young on WWAY News

Brian Schmidt, who helped rescue a gentleman Monday from a rip current, spoke with WWAY News yesterday about the rescue. Our chief, Tony Young, also provided some additional information about the rescue, as well as details on how you can best prepare for a safe trip to the beach.

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Lockwoods Folly Inlet Dredging Delayed

The hopper dredge has been delayed from its project in Lockwoods Folly Inlet. This is the Hydrosurvey dated April 29th 2020: And this is the updated Hydrosurvey posted June 9th 2020: The work completed by the Sidecast Dredge can be seen in the comparison between the two Hydrosurveys. What is important to note is the […]

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Thank You Kevin!

Please join us in thanking Kevin for his many years of service to Oak Island Water Rescue and the residents and visitors of our little paradise. Kevin has long been a valued member of our team, and was instrumental in getting GPS routes marked in all the local creeks, made sure our facilities were in […]

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Potential High Rip Current Warning for this Weekend

We will of course keep an eye on the rip currents this weekend, but here is a “Heads Up” of what we expect.

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Lockwoods Folly Inlet Very Shallow

The following newspaper article recently ran about dredging operations in the Lockwoods Folly Inlet and the latest Army Corp of Engineers survey shows just how shallow and dangerous the inlet is right now. Extreme care must be taken by all boaters entering or exiting at Lockwoods Folly Inlet until all dredging operations are complete. The […]

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Dropping Off Donations From Food Drive #2

Thanks to the kindness of Oak Islanders, we were able to drop off 2 truckloads of food, and $600 in cash and gift cards to the Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Bank! Awesome job everyone!!

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Food Drive #2 was a Huge Success!

Thank you all for coming out and donating food yesterday for our food drive! We had a lot of fun and collected 2 truckloads of food, as well as cash and gift card donations. Oak Islanders Rock!!

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Southport Yacht Club’s Flea Market Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that the Southport Yacht Club’s Flea Market event scheduled for April 4th has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There is a possibility this event will be rescheduled for a future date. This was going to be a major fundraiser for Oak Island Water Rescue, and we sincerely appreciate […]

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Mardis Gras by the Sea Parade

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Oak Island Parks and Recreation hosted their annual Mardis Gras by the Sea Parade. The weather was beautiful this year and for the first time we used our drone in the parade to capture some great video of the event. Have a look!

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