The best of the southeast

WILMINGTON, NC – The Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Team recently won a regional competition that hailed them as the best ocean rescue team in the Southeast. Soon they will find out if they can do even better.


What do you want to know

  • In July, Wrightsville Beach won first place in the United States Lifesaving Association’s South Atlantic Regional competition.
  • The sea rescue team won by 140 points
  • The team will compete in Hermosa Beach, Calif., against 100 sea rescue teams from across the country

In July, the Wrightsville Beach team took on 13 sea rescue teams from Virginia to Florida and came out on top, with an impressive 140-point lead over the other teams, including team captain Mo Peacock is very proud.

Mo Peacock is captain of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Team. (Photo: Natalie Mooney)

“It’s a sign of a job well done. It feels good to be rewarded, I would say, winning first place with this team,” Peacock said. “It showcases the quality of lifeguards and athletes we have on this team.”

Peacock, who is also a lieutenant for the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, has been part of the Sea Rescue Team for 12 years and has seen their dedication to success and safety firsthand.

“I believe we have one of the best sea rescue agencies on the East Coast,” Peacock said. “And maybe even in the United States.”

And soon enough, they’ll know if they’re the best in the country. They’re heading to Hermosa Beach, Calif., to take on 100 teams from all over the United States.

The Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Team trains for the competition in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo: Natalie Mooney)

“When we’re competing, everything has to be super lined up and in place, on point, really quick, precise, so we’re just going to do a bunch of practice over and over and just try to get it all lined up,” Peacock said. . . “And when we practice those kinds of things, it also makes us better lifesavers on the water.”

Although the competition can be daunting, their 140-point lead at regionals gives them an extra boost of confidence.

“I obviously measure my confidence in our performances at regionals, but these guys are very happy with it as well,” Peacock said. “They had a great time, they put in a lot of hours in training, the enthusiasm has continued and the motivation has increased since regionals, so it’s a great team to be a part of.”

The Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Team patrols the beach. (Photo: Natalie Mooney)

These guards are a team through and through, and regardless of the outcome in California, they’ll be stronger for it.

“I have always loved serving my community, I love being part of a team, and I feel like Wrightsville Beach is my home, and the people I work with are part of my extended family,” said said Peacock. “There is a bond of trust here like no other. We’ve been through a lot together, ups and downs, whether it’s the stresses of work, daily rescues, life circumstances that inevitably occur, but we all choose to go through these trials together and we become more strong because of it.

The national competition in California is this weekend.