June 17,  2008

Family Safety Day focuses on rip current awareness

In September, 2006, 32-year-old Kristina (Eena) Koles lost her life as a result of a rip current in Rodanthe. To continue her memory and help prevent this tragedy from happening again, her family created The Eena Project to educate others on beach and ocean safety.

On Wednesday, June 25, The Eena Project will host the Second Annual Rip Current
Awareness Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site (CLSS) on Highway 12 in Rodanthe.

“This is the perfect location and partnership since CLSS was a lifesaving station dating back over 130 years,” said Michelle Koles, Kristina’s sister-in-law.

 Joining this partnership again is The National Park Service, providing workshops and safety information.

This free family event will provide many fun activities to educate people of all ages on the importance of beach and ocean safety.

The day will include workshops for on rip currents, rescues, body/boogie board safety, safety demos, and kite making. Kids will learn about safety while making kites or touring a boat from the U.S. Coast Guard.

There will be several raffles throughout the day in which visitors can win prize packages that include a free vacation, professional family photo sitting, tickets to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and coupons to area businesses. Each raffle ticket is a $1 donation for The Eena Project and helps the non-profit organization to continue providing lifesaving educational material to visitors of the Outer Banks. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the Eena Project Web site (www.eenaproject.com), at the event, or at various businesses in from Kitty Hawk to Avon on Monday and Tuesday before the event (check the Web site for locations and times). Safety beach bags will be also available for a $1 donation and are filled with safety items and literature as well as coupons from local businesses.

In addition to the safety events, Mojo Collins and Jody of Beach 104 will provide music through the day.

Admission to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site will be free on the day of the event.  At 2 p.m., “Miz Amelia” will present a talk about days gone by to talk about life on the Outer Banks long ago.

Participants and supporters of this year’s event include The U.S. Coast Guard, Kitty Hawk Sports, Kitty Hawk Kites, Elan Vacations, Outer Beaches Realty, Village Realty, Seaside Vacations, Days Inn Oceanfront, North Carolina Aquarium, Nags Head Inn, Ascension Photography, The UPS Store, Flying Fish, various restaurants and Harris Teeter.

For more information, contact Michelle Koles at [email protected], Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at 987-1552, or Jimmy Davis or Norah Martinez at the National Park Service, 473-2111.

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