This morning Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Brunswick County EMS responded for a report of a drowning near the 2nd Place West beach access. While responding CCOM (911 Center) advised that two victims were caught in a rip current.
Witnesses reported that a gentleman was caught in a rip current. Another man, enjoying a day at the beach with his family, sprang into action and swam out to the victim, saving his life.
We strongly discourage untrained rescuers from attempting a rip current rescue, due to the rescuer commonly becoming a victim themselves. That said, Kudos to Brian and/or Luke who saved a life today.
One person was transported to the hospital by Brunswick County EMS.