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The North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad began its water rescue program in 1958. Since that first watercraft, the water rescue program has evolved into one of the premier ocean and freshwater rescue services in South Carolina. The team is an active resource for use by the U.S. Coast Guard, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Horry County Fire Rescue, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach city governments.

The squad’s water rescue team responds to:

  • swimmers/boaters in-distress
  • overturned boats
  • jet ski crashes
  • aquatic search and rescue
  • vehicles in the water
  • medical emergencies on boats
  • aircraft emergencies involving the water
  • post hurricane search and rescue

This full spectrum response covers the Atlantic Ocean, Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) from the North Carolina line to Georgetown County, SC, Waccammaw River, and all static water sources within its primary response area. In addition to aquatic response to those visiting and living along the Grand Strand, the team provides water rescue response to 3 casino boats carrying more than 500 passengers each, 5 sightseeing boats with capacities of more than 75 passengers, 5 jet ski/pontoon boat rental services, 25 charter fishing boats with capacities as high as 100 passengers, 3 dive company boats, 800+ boats are located in four dry storage facilities, and 4 of the 6 boat landings serving the ICW in Horry County.

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