Just prior to 8:00 this morning, Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, and Brunswick County EMS were dispatched for a water rescue at the Oak Island Pier. An individual at the end of the pier ended up in the water.
We responded with both 4×4 trucks and our surf launch boat. With Oak Island Police Department and Oak Island Fire Department on scene confirming a victim in the water, we launched Boat 4491 into the surf with Chief Young at the helm and an Oak Island Police Department officer as the crew member.
The person was clinging to a pier piling in the surf under the pier, which made for some dicey boat driving. The Oak Island Police Department officer assisted the man into Boat 4491 and they returned to shore. The individual was placed into the care of Brunswick County EMS paramedics for transport to the hospital.
The coordination and teamwork between the three Oak Island public safety groups (Police, Fire, and Water Rescue) and County EMS once again functioned excellently to save a life. In addition, as with all of our water rescue incidents, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, NC Marine and Fisheries, and United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island we’re also alerted to the emergency.