Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue tests rescue boards, gives feedback to make improvements


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the tourism season in the Cape Fear. Lifeguards in Wrightsville Beach will soon be hitting the stands to keep everyone heading to the coast safe.

Over the past year, they have been testing out new safety equipment to do just that.

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P2P Rescue is a Wilmington based company that makes lifesaving boards.

The lifeguards have been collaborating with owner Cliff Ray to tweak specifics on the board to make it more durable and repairable. Durability is what WBOR Captain Jeremy Owens says is very important.

The lifeguard rescue board has evolved through more than seven different versions with a goal to cut down on response time.

“The longer you can keep a board in service on a truck or on the beach, the better for being used to make rescues,” Ray said.

The company makes six different models which are being tested across the country in a wide range of conditions including the heavy surf of the North Shore.

WBOR tested their newest product, a jet ski sled, last week which provides a large platform to preform emergency medical attention when offshore or high surf.

After receiving feedback from the lifeguards, Ray is able to make changes to the size, shape, or rocker quickly to improve the product.

Wrightsville Beach lifeguards will be on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.