According to a Cape Hatteras National Seashore press release, at 6:24 pm on Saturday, September 9, a teenage male swimmer from out-of-state was reported missing off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach. The swimmer was last seen north of the jetties in Buxton, North Carolina.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, National Park Service, and Dare County EMS all responded and a search of the area was conducted using a helicopter and spotlights last night. Additional searches are being conducted today.
Along with Hurricane Irma, there is Tropical Storm Jose to keep an eye on to the east of Irma.
It is way too early to predict where Hurricane Irma will inflict the most damage as she approaches the Caribbean and U.S. coastline, but now is the time to review/create your Hurricane Plan as we approach the peak of the 2017 Hurricane Season.
Sunday, August 27, 2017 is the last day to get the National Park Service Lifetime Senior Pass for $10. The price of the pass will go up to $80 starting on Monday, August 28.
On the Outer Banks, seniors can purchase the Lifetime Senior Pass at the Wright Brothers National Memorial entrance station, Bodie Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center, Ocracoke Visitor Center, Oregon Inlet Campground, Frisco Campground, and Ocracoke Campground.
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.”
The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad offers free Rip Current Hazards & Beach Safety training to the public every Monday starting at 9:00 am.