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Low flying helicopters sign of training exercise in Onslow County this week

WCTI Greenville-New Bern-Washington 4/18/2022 Annette Weston
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Helicopters will be flying low in the Swansboro and Bear Creek areas for two days this week, but rather than a cause for concern officials said it will be to prepare to handle rescues this summer.

Onslow County Emergency Services is hosting a helicopter aquatic rescue training exercise involving federal, state, and local agencies on Tuesday and Wednesday and officials said people who live in the Swansboro or Bear Creek areas may see and hear low flying aircraft during this time.

Several agencies are participating in the exercise and Onslow County Emergency Management said it helps them better communicate and work together when there is a water rescue.

During Hurricane Florence, Onslow County conducted 750 aquatic rescues, which shows the importance of this type of training.

Agencies participating in the exercise include Onslow County Emergency Services, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Hammocks Beach State Park, United States Coast Guard, North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Marine Patrol, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Swansboro Fire Department, and the National Weather Service Forecast Office Newport/Morehead City.

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