Man rescued by Oak Island Water Rescue after boat capsizes several hundred yards out

With the assistance of firefighters and police officers, Water Rescue was able to launch their...
With the assistance of firefighters and police officers, Water Rescue was able to launch their boat into the surf and started making their way to the capsized boat.(Oak Island Water Rescue)
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 8:22 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Oak Island Water Rescue officers were dispatched at 9:30 a.m. on September 22 to The Point after a man’s small boat was capsized several hundred yards out.

Per a release from the Oak Island Water Rescue, the boat was reportedly capsized by the wind and waves generated by Hurricane Fiona. The man driving the boat had been holding on for over 2 hours when Oak Island Water Rescue arrived.

One boat was sent to launch from Blue Water Point Marina and a surf-launch boat was sent to launch from the beachfront.

With the assistance of firefighters and police officers, responders were able to launch their first boat into the surf.

According to Water Rescue officials, the waves varied in size from four to eight or more feet in height.

The capsized boat was overturned when both Water Rescue boats arrived, but the man had already been rescued by a passing fishing boat. Due to the harsh conditions, they did not return the surf-launch boat to the beach, but rather had it follow the other boat back to the marina.