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 tells the story of one particular brave Hatteras Island life saving crew.
On the night of October 11, 1896 in hurricane force winds, one crew known as the Pea Island Surfmen accomplished the impossible. Led by Keeper Richard Etheridge, this historic all black crew etched themselves into history rescuing stranded sailors whose ships had succumbed to the harsh Atlantic. Rescue Men is the story of these men that manned the Pea Island Lifesaving Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Due to the heroics and accomplishments of these brave men and others like them in the U.S. Lifesaving Service, we now have what is called “The United States Coast Guard.”
You can view the trailer for Rescue Men at dreamquest.tv (click on Rescue Men) or rescuemenfilm.com. The film is to play on the History Channel and be shown at national and international film festivals. The Outer Banks History Center and many other local groups have provided technical expertise during the creation of this compelling Outer Banks story. A light reception will follow the film in the Grand Mall. For information on the premiere, call (252) 475-1500 or visit roanokeisland.com.Outer Banks art shows scheduled this summer at Chicamacomico Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station to perform first winter Breeches Buoy Drill Chili Cook-off will be September 19