Nags Head Fire Rescue saves boater in water

By on May 7, 2024

Nags Head Fire Rescue

On Monday, May 6 at 6:42 p.m., we were called to assist in the search for an overdue boater.

A man had launched a small sailboat from the Harvey public sound access at 6912 South Croatan Highway, but the boat had washed ashore north of the access at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. With strong west/southwest winds, two to three feet of swell, and cold water, the situation was very serious.

Our rescue boat was deployed, and we worked to understand the wind and drift pattern. After initiating a search grid, we heard someone yelling from the water. Thanks to swift coordination, we were able to safely bring him aboard our vessel in less than an hour from being called to the scene. He was responsive and we were able to quickly assess his condition and provide medical care.

Dare County EMS was called to meet us at a boat ramp, where the man was transferred into their care and then transported to The Outer Banks Hospital.

This is the power of teamwork. Huge thanks to our PD, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Dare County EMS, and the US Coast Guard for their rapid response and collaboration. Together, we made sure this call ended successfully. Stay safe out there!

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • ray

    Nicely done.

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 6:24 am
  • Right Hook

    Our community is very blessed to have such competent and committed servants that saved this man’s life! We owe so much to our first reponders.

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 7:28 am
  • Glenn

    Excellent work by all responding units! Thanks for your prompt response…wishing a speedy recovery to the rescued gentleman.

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:32 am
  • Jack Sailer

    Great job! I’ve been out on the water and sometimes the wind is just dead. Probably too windy for this small boat and he lost control of it. It would be easy in windy environment. Hopefully he’s home safe this time and learned a valuable lesson.

    Thursday, May 9 @ 1:59 pm
  • Ken

    An attabiy goes out to Lawrence (concerned citizen) for being diligent in contacting the the authorities to initiate the search for this individual. Well done

    Friday, May 10 @ 3:04 pm