I was able to travel down to the tip of Cape Point this morning. Below are some pics of the new sandbar located just outside Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic press release, a kayaker was rescued in Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Hatteras Islands in North Carolina.
Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a 911 call around 5:30 pm stating an adult male overturned his kayak and was in distress approximately 300 yards off Oregon Inlet Campground.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet at 6:00 pm. The crew arrived on scene and rescued the kayaker from the water. He was then transported to a waiting EMS team back at Station Oregon Inlet.
The man was using a 10-foot, sit-on-top, single, red and orange kayak, which was still adrift as of 9:44 pm on July 1st.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Stanton said, “this man made the critical decision to wear a life jacket while kayaking in the ocean. That decision may have saved his life this evening.”
According to a National Park Service press release, over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.
The Cape Point area is a highly dynamic location that is constantly changing through both erosion and accretion of sand. Currents between Cape Point and offshore sandbars can be very strong; therefore, the Seashore does not recommend that visitors swim or wade to these areas. The life guarded beaches at Coquina Beach, Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach are excellent choices for swimming, especially when conditions bring dangerous rip currents to the area.
If interested in accessing the new sandbar, Seashore Superintendent David Hallac states that, “traveling to the sandbar is best accomplished by experienced kayakers or paddle boarders that are using appropriate flotation and mindful of the tides and strong currents in the area.”
After a couple tournaments where he showed some signs of being rusty after taking an extended break during the clay court season, Roger Federer played the best match of this grass court season in the championship match of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany against Alexander Zverev. Federer’s backhand was back in solid form as he dominated Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for his ninth Halle title.
At The Queen’s Club in London, Feliciano Lopez won his sixth ATP singles title by beating Marin Cilic at the Aegon Championships. With the five wins this week, Lopez moved into third place among active players with 72 grass court victories. Only Roger Federer (157 wins) and Andy Murray (102 wins) have more grass victories. That’s good company!
Wimbledon begins on Monday, July 3rd. Many people consider Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to be the strong favorites.
The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad offers free Rip Current Hazards & Beach Safety training to the public every Monday starting at 9:00 am.
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, MeTV will pay tribute to the late, great Adam West starting at 10:00 am eastern. Sadly, Adam West, best known for playing Batman in the 1960s Batman television series, passed away after a short battle with leukemia on Friday, June 9, 2017.
The tribute will feature seven different shows Mr. West acted in, including the classic two-part premiere of Batman at 11:00 pm eastern. You can view the full tribute schedule on the MeTV website.
I will be recording the entire tribute and will find time to watch the best movie ever, Batman: The Movie (1966).
Rest in peace, Adam West.
To celebrate World Oceans Month, the National Park Service is hosting three beach cleanups at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.