Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rex O'Neal Falls Overboard

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter comes from the oral history project, Coastal Voices.

Barbara Garrity-Blake, Susan West, and Karen Amspacher, (North Carolina folklorists, researchers, historians, and collectors of stories) have been instrumental in creating Coastal Voices, an oral history project about the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks and Down East region of coastal North Carolina.

Photo courtesy Coastal Voices Collection, Core Sound Museum

In 2014 Coastal Voices published a short video of Ocracoke islander, Rex O'Neal, relating the story of the time he fell overboard in Pamlico Sound while gigging for flounders in the early morning hours. Rex provides a delightfully entertaining telling of this story, made all the more enjoyable by his infectious exuberance.

Click here to listen to Rex telling his story:


  1. Anonymous8:45 AM

    Lessons learned from this story. No mention of a life preserver, Does this gentleman now wear a life preserver when out on the water? Crab pots get sanded up. What does that mean. Did he have to repair the crab pot he damaged? He made no mention by name of the Boaters that rescued him. One would think that he would have taken the opportunity to publicly thank the boaters that SAVED his life from a man eating shark that could have been lurking in the waters. It seems to me this design flaw of an out boardmotor that willy nilly can flip or come out of the water to run the boat in circles is dangerous. This is not a funny story it is a cautionary tale.

  2. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Another member of the Vibrant fishing community telling a tale of the one that got away.


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