Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station to perform first winter Breeches Buoy Drill

The Coast Guard and Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station have invited the public to attend a free, filmed performance of the Breeches Buoy Drill at the station scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec, 14th.

The drill, which is normally performed weekly from June through August, will be performed for the first time in December, so the production company Dream Quest can film it for an upcoming History Channel documentary entitled “Rescue Men.”

Chicamacomico performs the drill every Thursday during June, July and August. Active-duty Coast Guard volunteers compose two separate teams, one from the Coast Guard Motor Life Boat Station Oregon Inlet and the other the Coast Guard Motor Life Boat Station Hatteras Inlet.

This documentary is the story of the Pea Island Life-Savers who, at one time, were the only all-black Life-Saving Service crew in America. Like every other life-saving station in the country, they practiced the Beach Apparatus Drill with the Lyle gun and the breeches buoy every Monday and every Thursday, year-round.

Chicamacomico is the only place in the nation that conducts the full beach apparatus drill performed by Coast Guard personnel on a regular basis.

Outer Banks art shows scheduled this summer at Chicamacomico

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum will host a new series of art shows this summer, featuring artists from throughout the Outer Banks who will show and sell their works. A number of original works in a multitude of art media will be featured, including acrylic, glass blowing, water colors, pottery, hand-made jewelry, […]

Movie based on Pea Island “Rescue Men” Premieres

On February 27th, 7:30 p.m., the Indoor Theater at Roanoke Island Festival Park will host the Outer Banks debut of the documentary film Rescue Men, The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers. The movie, which is produced and directed by Los Angeles based DreamQuest Productions, has been in the works for several years and […]

Chili Cook-off will be September 19

Grab your spoons and your appetite, and get ready for one of the tastiest contests on Hatteras Island. The annual Chicamacomico Banks Fire / Rescue Chili Cook-off is being held on Saturday, September 19th, all day long at the Cape Hatteras KOA on the Rodanthe Oceanfront.

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