State swift water rescue teams gets world-wide recognition

Hurricane Matthew Rescue Efforts

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s swift water rescue teams including one in Brunswick County are getting international recognition for their work during Hurricane Matthew.

Last night, North Carolina received the International Higgins and Langley Award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue.

- Advertisement -

More than 30 teams rescued more than 2,300 people as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.

Governor Cooper plans to honor the teams in Raleigh next month.

“It was really great to see 14 people come together, really jump in, do jobs that they aren’t normally used to doing, different kind of roles for people. It was fantastic,” Special Operations Supervisor Art Dornfeld said.

The state last received this award in 2005 after teams saved people following tropical storms Frances and Ivan.