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Water Rescue Aids Boater
Aground In Shallotte Inlet
The Holden Beach Water Rescue
team evacuated a Myrtle Beach,
S.C., man from his 20-foot sailboat
after it lost steerage and went
aground in Shallotte Inlet Sunday
afternoon, according to a report
from BMCS J.D. Arndt, chief of the
U.S. Coast Guard Station Oak
At about 2 p.m., the station was
notified by the Brunswick County
Fmergency Communications (911)
center that the sailboat was aground
on a shoal with one person aboard.
The station launched its 41 -foot pa
trol boat, but was unable to raise the
stricken vessel on VHF radio.
A short time later, a Holden Beach
Water Rescue vehicle on the beach
reported that the sailboat had drifted
into the surf zone, Amdt said.
Due to shallow water and five
foot surf, the water rescue team was
unable maneuver its inflatable boat
close enough to communicate with
the sailboat, said Tri-Beach
Volunteer Fire Department Chief
Doug Todd. So team members Keith
Sawyer and Ronnie Rabon waded
out to the vessel with a rope.
"The owner was knocked over
board twice by the waves," said
Todd. "He climbed back aboard the
first time to take down the sails and
recover some gear. The second time
he went overboard, they brought
him back to the hill."
Sawyer and Rabon helped the
man, identified as Kim Covington,
wade to shore at the west end of
Holden Beach. He told rescuers that
the boat's rudder had been damaged
and he was trying to steer it through
the inlet by using the sails when it
ran aground. Todd said.
Covington was uninjured and lat
er arranged to have the sailboat
towed off the bar at high tide. The
Coast Guard patrol boat was re
called before it reached the scene.
At about 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday
(Nov. 23) the Oak Island Station re
ceived a call from the sailing vessel
Dragon Lady , reporting itself
aground and disabled in the
Intracoastal Waterway near marker
67. The captain said the boat had
fouled its propeller in a fishing net,
causing them to lose power and drift
onto a shoal.
The station launched its 41 -footer
and issued a Marine Assistance
Radio Broadcast (MARB) to request
the help of a commercial salvage
company, Arndt said. The patrol
boat arrived and removed two peo
ple from the Dragon Lady. They
were taken to Holden Beach Marina,
where they made salvage arrange
On Nov. 22 at about 7 p.m., the
station was called by U.S.C.G.
Group Fort Macon, requesting assis
tance in towing the 42-foot fishing
boat Slow Motion, which had broken
down northeast of Frying Pan
Shoals light tower the previous day.
A MARB had been issued with
out results, so the Coast Guard
Cutter Point Warde took the vessel
in tow. The Oak Island station's 44
foot patrol boat was asked to take
over the towing operation. It met the
Point Wardc and took the Slow
Motion in tow at about 11:30 a.m.
The stricken vessel was brought to
Southport and moored safely, Arndt
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KIM KEATING, pre-kindergarten teacher, and Barbara Sich, a
Reading Recovery/second grade teacher, both of Lincoln Primary,
staff the free-book booth.
Countywide Annual Meeting
Draws Crowd Of 300-Plus
Workshops and exhibits on read
ing. health and nutrition and family
life, as well as performances by stu
dents, highlighted the countywide
Chapter 1/Migrant Education annual
meeting held Nov. 16 at Bolivia
Approximately 325 people attend
ed the event sponsored by the
Brunswick County Schools.
Patricia Ward. Joseph Butler and
Nellie Varnum gave an overview of
the Chapter 1 and Migrant Educ
ation programs in the schools. Parti
cipants then attended their choice of
mini-sessions: "Students' Work
Zone: Reading Under Construc
tion," "Come, Let Me Tell You a
Story," "Read-to-Me," Computer
Lab: My First Lesson," "AIDS:
Know the Facts," offered in Spanish
and English; and family life sessions
offered in both Spanish and English;
and "A Recipe for Success" nutri
Presenters included teachers Esth
er Smith and Bobbie Sellers, West
Brunswick Branch Library supervi
sor Felecia Hardy, Bolivia Ele
mentary School computer specialist
Ann Harper; The Brunswick Hospi
tal clinical social worker Kris Kap
ciak; and schools child nutrition di
rector Rebecca Brandon.
Exhibitors included the school
system's pre-kindergarten program,
take-home computers, Brunswick
Community College literacy pro
gram, the Brunswick County Lite
racy Council and the D.A.R.E. pro
gram, a joint venture of the Bruns
wick County Sheriff's Department
and Brunswick County Schools.
Participants also received free
books, hot dogs and ice cream, and
28 took home door prizes.
JOSE HERNANDEZ (left) and his younger sister are shown with
Heberto Smith, program 's bilingual assistant in the Leland area.
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