On August 11, 1889, a small sloop named June became stranded on a sandbar while trying to enter the Oregon Inlet. By the time the Oregon Inlet station crew got to her side, she was in a bad condition being swamped by the waves and the continuous surf breaking over her. Three men were carefully transferred from the sloop to the surfboat and transported back to the station. There, they were provided dry clothing donated by the Women’s National Relief Association and stayed overnight before moving along their journey. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the June and soon she broke up under the onslaught of the ocean.

All in a Day’s Work

Sometimes it is about being there for one of your own: On May, 9, 1887, a child of one of the Caffey’s Inlet crew members went missing. A community search was made and the three-year-old was soon found in a neighbor’s well. Keeper Daniel B. Austin jumped into action and began using techniques taught by the United States LifeSaving Service to restore drowning victims. Soon, there were faint signs of life and before long, the child began to feebly cry to the relief of the worried parents. Keeper Austin continued careful treatment of the child and brought it safely through the distressing time. After a long nap, the child had fully recovered from the scary accident.