Last Day to Get NPS Senior Pass for $10 is Sunday, August 27

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.

Lifetime Senior Pass cost will go from $10 to $80 on Monday, August 28, 2017

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.

Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Oregon Inlet

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.”

Be Careful Attempting to Access New Sandbar Off Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina

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.”