Hovercraft and drones provide first aid in rescuing kayakers trapped in mud

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Credit photo: Oak Island Water Rescue
Credit photo: Oak Island Water Rescue

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) – Three people who were kayaking through a swamp on Oak Island this weekend had to be rescued after being trapped in mud.

A father and two of his sons were kayaking when the tide seemed to have run aground in the mud on Sunday afternoon near NE 65th Street on Yacht Drive.

Dirt in coastal swamps can be dangerous because it is very soft and filled with oyster beads and sharp shells.

Some people nearby heard their cries for help around 3pm and immediately called 911.

The Oak Island Rescue Service (OIWR) responded to the scene with its hovercraft and assisted in rescuing the stranded kayakers.

“Our hovercraft and crew got a little cloudy in the process, but it’s a very small price to pay for such a great finale,” their website says.

In addition to the Oak Island Rescue Service, Oak Island Fire Department, Oak Island Police Department, Brunswick County EMS and the United States Coast Guard arrived at the scene.

They were taken to the scene by a drone operated by OIWR staff on shore.

When the hovercraft arrived, they found three victims, two of whom were stuck in their chests. None of the victims dived into the water.

“This operation is an excellent example of the excellent interagency coordination that is taking place between the many public security agencies on Oak Island and in Brunswick County,” OIWR said. “Our hovercraft and drone saved three lives today, due to the tide and two casualties, deep in the mud, and they couldn’t escape, it was a deadly situation.”



Hovercraft and drones provide first aid in rescuing kayakers trapped in mud

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