Just because the rip forecast calls for good conditions, like today, never let your guard down. Fortunately this group of people were able to make it safely back to shore on their own, but strong rip currents can exist even when they are not forecast.
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Some may be surprised to learn that a fair number of calls we respond to are not water rescues at all. And some are not even on the island. This afternoon’s call was one example. We were dispatched to help Oak Island Fire Department and Brunswick County EMS with a medical transport of a gentleman […]
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The rip currents today are published as moderate risk (Yellow Flag), but we just responded to a call near the Ocean Crest Pier where 3 people in a group were pulled out in a rip current. Fortunately, everyone is fine, but extreme caution must be exercised today.
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At 10:15 AM we were dispatched to the area near the Wildlife Ramp for a report of a skydiver who may have landed in the water. We were cancelled as we were leaving the station when all 4 skydivers were accounted for.
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Just after noon, we were dispatched to the beach for a report of a boat on fire. We were cancelled just as we were leaving the station when it was discovered that the smoke the caller saw was actually from a large house fire on Holden Beach. As always, we want folks to err on […]
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The 2020 water rescue season started quickly this afternoon with a report of a 20 year old man that jumped from the Yaupon Pier. He was holding on to one of the pilings, and the waves were thrashing him pretty hard against it. Most of you know those pilings are covered in barnacles, many of […]
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Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the Oak Island Pier based on a report that at skydiver had crashed into the pier and was tangled on a light pole. It was soon discovered that he had not crashed, but landed on the pier and was […]
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A 911 caller reported a small boat possibly being in distress offshore from the 1700 block of West Beach Drive in very rough water conditions. Oak Island Water Rescue responded with our surf-launch boat and crew while our Chief went directly to the scene. He observed the boaters were not in distress and in fact […]
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A 911 caller reported a kite surfer was down and away from their board and appeared to be drifting out with the tide in Lockwoods Folly Inlet. They were reported to be wearing a wetsuit and life jacket. Oak Island Water Rescue was dispatched without support from Oak Island Fire Department or Oak Island Police […]
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This morning at 11:57 AM, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, and Oak Island Police Department were dispatched to the beach near the Oak Island pier for a report of a male subject floating in the water near the end of the pier. We responded with our surf-launch boat 4491, two 4×4 trucks, […]
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