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Archive for May, 2009

Zombie Neighborhoods

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Throughout Brunswick County, neighborhoods have gone unfinished due to lack of funds from crontractors.

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Work by Brunswick County inmates raises questions

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office insists it did nothing wrong in having inmates work on a new sheriff’s substation before the county commissioners had approved leasing the space.But the county attorney isn’t so sure.

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Follow these safety rules, tips for a fun summer in the sun

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

As people flock to the coast during Memorial Day weekend, local lifeguards are gearing up for a season of potential safety hazards.

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Coast Guard improves boat location system

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

In advance of this summer boating season, the U.S. Coast Guard stations in North Carolina improved their system for finding distressed boaters, officials said.

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Three swimmers caught in rip current off Carolina Beach

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Three swimmers were caught in a rip current near the beach access in the 1600 block of South Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. Shortly before, Shelly Davis was sitting next to them on the beach. “Before I could say anything, they were way out there. I was going to tell them, ‘Don’t go out there, there’s a red flag, it’s a red flag day’,” said Davis. “A lifeguard came and I pointed out there and he stopped and he took off and radioed more lifeguards and all of a sudden tons of lifeguards, EMS, the police, everybody; it took them a while to get in.”

Jake Leber was one of five lifeguards that came to the rescue. “I was just trying to calm everybody down and calm myself down. And get them in as fast as we could.”

Davis described, “One guy they brought in on a surfboard that was not breathing and they couldn’t get his heart to start.”

Davis said a problem she sees, is many people who visit Carolina Beach aren’t familiar with flag warnings. “You can’t see the flags because they’re down in the sand, and they should be at the top of the lifeguard station, where people can see them.”

If you can’t see the red flag warning, taking a dip in the ocean, may not seem like such a bad idea. In the next couple of days, beaches are going to be packed with people celebrating Memorial Day weekend. Simon Sanders, Ocean Rescue director, warns people about rip currents. “You can recognize a rip current usually by foaming water, that’s moving offshore or away from the beach. Often times it discolored; it’s brownish colored water. If you find yourself caught in one, swim parallel to the shore, do not swim into shore. When you recognize you’re out of it, start making your way back into shore.”

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videoA beautiful start to the Memorial Day weekend turned quick for a group of swimmers. Three swimmers got caught in a rip current at Carolina Beach. It just so happened, Friday was the first day lifeguards were on duty.

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