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News and related information that impact safety on Oak Island

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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Searching for Debris with WWAY TV News

WWAY TV News joined us yesterday evening while we were searching for cars and large debris in the water. We still haven’t found what we are looking for, but will return when the water conditions improve. It was just too rough last night to see anything with the drone, and even swimming was quite a […]

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The Donated Ice Maker Arrived!

Today Oak Island Water Rescue received a gift from part-time residents, Mary and John Moffitt. They purchased and donated a Hoshizaki ice machine and a Gladiator 17.8 Cu. Ft. refrigerator for our station. The ice machine arrived today and the refrigerator has been ordered. This unsolicited donation is a huge help as our refrigerator was […]

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T-Shirt and Stickers Fundraiser

The latest batch of T-Shirts are now available! The first 500 flew off the shelves, and we have now received 900 more! Shirts are $20 each and 100% of the proceeds are donated to Oak Island Water Rescue to help us repair the damage caused by Hurricane Isaias. Pick Up in Person They are in […]

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Sunset Meetings

We were thankful for good weather tonight as we held our monthly team meeting under the setting sun. As you can see, our building is still a work in progress. In the meeting, the Chief discussed the ongoing repair work, reviewed the multiple emergency responses from last month (including the three rip current near drowning […]

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Concrete Resurfacing

Decorative Concrete Resurfacing was at Station 44 today, polishing and applying epoxy to our concrete floors. This unsolicited donation will preserve our concrete far beyond what our budget could support. Thank you DCR! These photos were snagged from our Instagram page. It has its own unique personality and vibe. If you don’t follow us on […]

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Station Badly Damaged by Hurricane Isaias

Our station on SE 49th Street was badly damaged during and after Hurricane Isaias. As most Oak Islanders know, the storm hit as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 MPH winds. Because of it’s relative weakness, most of us were not very intimidated or alarmed by this storm. But it has often been said that […]

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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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