Life jackets stolen

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office seeks information about the disappearance of 35 life jackets from the Cedar Point Wildlife Access Ramp, pictured here. (Contributed photo)

CEDAR POINT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning the disappearance of 35 life jackets from the Cedar Point Wildlife Access Ramp.

The life jackets were made available for the public to use free by the Swansboro Sea Scouts and were purchased with grant funding from the Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner program, according to a Friday release from the sheriff’s office. The loaner program relies on the honor system with a goal to increase the use of life jackets and to educate the public on the importance of wearing them.

On the Fourth of July, 35 life jackets were attached to the life jacket loaning station and were available for anyone who needed to borrow one for the day or weekend. The only rule was to bring it back when they’re done. When Swansboro Sea Scout officials returned to the life jacket loaning station July 6, all of the life jackets had disappeared and to this day have not been returned.

On Tuesday, a representative with Swansboro Sea Scouts reached out to Carteret County deputies and filed a report for larceny of life jackets. Swansboro Sea Scouts estimated the value of the life jackets totaled $1,750.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of the life jackets is asked to contact Detective Derek Moore at 252-728-8400 and/or leave an anonymous tip at A reward of up to $250 is being offered for any tip through Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest. 

(6) comments


There's some sorry people on this planet.


I bet some people just forgot and went home with them, thinking because they were on the honor system, it didn't matter. Maybe this is a chance for the county to start charging a loaner fee for each life jacket, or even just a deposit on the life jackets, to be returned after the jackets are returned.


Security cameras would deter such behavior.

Core Sounder

better yet next time go over to Walmart and buy coast guard approved ones for about 30 dollars cheaper for each one. Could have bought over a hundred with the money they spent to buy 35. Somebody needs to use their brain for a change and realize that unlike most gov employees we do not require the very best that money can buy to get the job done.


Bet it was a bunch of illegal aliens. What you say dc, db, and davie!


$50.00 each, sounds high.

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