Today Oak Island Water Rescue Chief Young and Assistant Chief Wilson had the pleasure of hosting a visit of several Coastguardsmen from United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island. It was a great opportunity to discuss each group’s operation and to take them out in Boat 4490. The capabilities and limitations of both teams fit together to create a total package of rescue assets and provide full coverage to Oak Island and surrounding areas.
The vessels at Station Oak Island are superb but they require deep water and cannot safely transit some of the smaller local waterways. Since they don’t typically operate in the Lockwoods Folly Inlet or the Eastern Channel, Oak Island Water Rescue leadership gave them a familiarization tour through that area.
The Coastguardsmen were able to experience the capabilities of our smaller craft and even got some wheel time on 4490. Future meetings between the two agencies are in the works.
The citizens and Oak Island Water Rescue are very fortunate to have the United States Coast Guard so close and readily available.