Today at 4:44 pm, Station 18 (Sunset Harbor and Zion Hill Volunteer Fire Department), Station 8 (Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department), Oak Island Water Rescue, Brunswick County EMS, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and United States Coast Guard were alerted for a Water Rescue in the vicinity of the Wildlife Boat Ramp in Sunset Harbor.
The report from C-Com (the 911 center) was that a boat with eleven persons on board was taking on water near buoy passage 33 on the AICW (Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway). It was further reported that two persons were in the water, none of the persons involved were wearing life jackets, and that alcohol was involved.
Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Boat 891 & Oak Island Water Rescue Boat 4490 were responding. QRV Medic 92 quickly arrived and reported that the boat was aground near the dock. The Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department incident commander advised there was no one in need of rescue and cancelled the response.
The public can take comfort in knowing that multiple fire and rescue departments can work in coordination on an automatic mutual aid dispatch. Professional job by all involved.