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The U.S. Coast Guard Station–Oak Island is gearing up for its fifth annual Station Oak Island Safety Day and Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. There is no admission, parking is free and close by.
There will be exhibits by Southport, Oak Island, Caswell Beach Police, fire and EMS departments plus N.C. Fish and Wildlife officers and Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and its new helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard LifeFlyte and Sable helicopters will also be on display.
An Air Force F-18 flyover is planned. Boats and more boats: step aboard a USCG 25-foot fast response boat, a 47-foot motor lifeboat, or a 41 utility boat from USCG Station Wrightsville Beach. Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal Security and Cape Fear Pilot boats will be there to tour. Meet a bomb-sniffing dog along with search and rescue dog teams from the local area.
Local USCG Auxiliary Flotilla units will be there to assist the station with various events. They will provide the latest in boating safety information, safe boating class schedules or sign up for a free vessel safety inspection for boats. The auxiliary is also helping another exhibitor—The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina—with its food drive this year. There will be collection bins at the station for nonperishable food donations.
The station has developed a Web site at http://stationoakislandexpo.yolasite.com/ for more information and updates. The station is at 300A Caswell Beach Road on Oak Island; phone 278-1133/1144.