WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Visitors to Wrightsville Beach should feel especially safe, after the town's Ocean Rescue Team won a regional championship this week.
The team successfully defended their first place overall performance at the United States Lifesaving Associations, South Atlantic Regional Championships.
The contest featured the best lifeguards from 17 agencies within the region, ranging from as far north as Virginia Beach, VA, south to Ponte Vedre Beach, FL.
Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is considered a small beach within the South Atlantic Region for competition purposes (agencies with less than 100 lifeguards), yet they beach the large beach division organizations for the second time in a row. The 2014 Wrightsville Beach team is the first small beach team in the region to repeat as overall champion.
"A very remarkable accomplishment to say the least," aid Ocean Rescue Director Dave Baker said in a news release. "Knowing that everyone is looking to take you down a notch and they all are gunning for you, is a testament to the amount of training and dedication each team member had to uphold last year's performance. I would also like to add that this achievement would not have been possible without the generous donations and support from numerous individuals and businesses. Through their actions and belief in our program we would not have been able to showcase our talents amongst our peers and travel to Myrtle Beach for this multi-day event. To the community of Wrightsville Beach, thank you, and I hope we have made you proud of our accomplishment."