New safety devices save children at Caswell Beach

One man saved two people in the water with the help of new flotation devices at Caswell Beach
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 9:05 AM EDT
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OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) - The Southport Fire Department released a statement Aug. 12 that two young girls at Caswell Beach had been saved by a recently installed safety device.

Per the SFD, rescue crews responded to a 911 call about two children who were screaming for help in the water. When they arrived, the children were already out of the water, thanks to the help of a heroic bystander and on-site flotation devices.

“This is exactly what we anticipated and what we wanted to have happen, was if somebody is in trouble, that is something to get to the individual that’s having trouble in the water until officials can get there with the water rescue units,” said Southport Fire Chief Charles Drew.

Recently, the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation installed new rescue tubes at every Oak Island public beach access. Per report, the stations include a numbered post, a rescue tube from the Rescue Tube Foundation, instructions for using the tube and a QR code that leads to the latest beach warning flag conditions.

“Floatation devices were installed to promote water safety, drowning, prevention, swimmer safety,” said Drew. “And this is the first time that we’ve actually seen them put into action by a citizen that use them to save the two girls that were in severe trouble.”

For more information about the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation and the rescue tubes, please visit their website.

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