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The perilous Atlantic waters have claimed many ships and lives off the Outer Banks from the 1500s onward. Beginning in 1870, the U.S. Life- Saving Service fought the oceans to rescue mariners. In the next thirty years, Outer Bankers earned 56 medals for bravery.
Lying off the coast of North Carolina is a stretch of ocean known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Many ships and sailors have met disaster there. Survivors could count only on people in coastal communities on the Outer Banks for help. It was not until 1870 that the federal government established the United States Life-Saving Service to aid ships in distress. The name was later changed to United States Coast Guard.
Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Dare County was open for seventy years and closed in 1954. Throughout its time in operation, it rescued sailors from several ships caught in storms. Recently, the Chicamacomico Historical Association began raising funds to begin restoration on the station and convert it into a museum.
Rip currents claimed thirteen lives at the Outer Banks during the summer of 1980. Nags Head responded to last summer’s problems by adopting an ordinance allowing officials to close the beach if rip tides threatened swimmers again. This article recognizes several heroes who saved swimmers’ lives last summer, and discusses how to recognize rip currents.
The Nags Head Ocean Rescue competed in the South Atlantic Regional Lifesaving Championships in Jacksonville, Florida. Competing in the Small Beach Division, the Nags Head Ocean Rescue came in first place in a competition that showcases the skillsets needed to be an ocean lifeguard.