The Helpers Need Help

by Sep 10, 2020South Brunswick

Oak Island Water Rescue raising funds to help pay for damages from Hurricane Isaias.

Oak Island Water Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer emergency response team that aids swimmers and boaters in distress on the coast of North Carolina. In addition to helping with on-the-water recuses, they assist local police and fire departments and Coast Guard with missing persons, beach transfers and in-shore Search and Rescue operations.

Unfortunately, Oak Island Water Rescue’s station on SE 49th Street was damaged in Hurricane Isaias. In preparation the hurricane, Oak Island Water Rescue moved all boats, trucks and rescue gear to safer locations around the island. However, the station was flooded with 3 to 4 feet of water. All of the furniture, tools and appliances were destroyed, as were the electrical system, walls and garage doors.

Insurance is covering a portion of the repairs and replacements, but not all. The organization is turning to the local community for help in raising $25,000 to rebuild the station and make it more resilient to future storms. They have started a GoFundMe page to raise the money.

If you can help, you can learn more about the effort here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/september-matching-fundraiser

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