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 which are as sharp as razor blades.Needless to say this young man was cut up pretty good. He managed to make it back to shore before we arrived with boat 4491, and was already being treated by the Oak Island Fire Department for lacerations and hypothermia.
There is never a good time to jump from piers. Sure, it may look like fun, but the water around the piers are littered with fishing line and hooks, and the pilings are covered with sharp barnacles that easily cut through flesh and start infections. Not to mention various dangerous fish and other sea life congregate in these areas due to an abundance of food and shelter. Combine these everyday poor conditions with the fact that the water is still very cold, and you have a recipe for disaster. Please, just don’t do it!