We have a new project! Oak Island Water Safety Stations will provide a rescue tube flotation buoy and educational sign at each public beach accesses on Oak Island, NC. 1 in 4 bystanders that attempt to rescue a drowning person in the ocean become a drowning fatality themselves, usually due to a lack of flotation device being the utilized. JHMF is partnering with the Town of Oak Island to place rescue tubes at the beach accesses that can be used by a bystander attempting a rescue if they are unwilling or feel unable to wait for emergency personnel to arrive on scene. The rescue tubes have images and text in English and Spanish on what to do in an emergency. These tubes come from the Rescue Tube Foundation, a nonprofit based in Hawaii, whose rescue tubes are used on beaches around the world. Each station will also have an informational sign with a QR code that directs to the current beach condition as issued by NOAA and NWS. The sign also educates beachgoers on what beach condition flags mean, what to do in an emergency, and the access location of the water safety station.
JHMF is offering the opportunity for community members and businesses to sponsor a Water Safety Station at the donor level of $250. The first 65 sponsors will have a plaque recognizing their sponsorship. Plaques will say Sponsored by__, In Honor of___, or In Memory of ___. This is a unique and meaningful way to support your local beach.
Donations may be made via this website or by check made payable to Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation and mailed to JHMF at:
3181 George II Hwy Suite E
Southport, NC 28461