A boat with wheels! North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad reveals its new Amphibious Search and Rescue Boat. (WPDE/Amanda Kinseth)(

SC - A boat with wheels! Amphibious Search & Rescue Boat drives directly into NMB ocean surf

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — A boat in North Myrtle Beach astonished people Tuesday morning, stopping beach-walkers in their tracks.

That's because it's a boat with wheels!

The North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad revealed its new Amphibious Search and Rescue Boat Tuesday. It's the first of its kind being used for ocean rescue in America.

You can raise and lower its wheels, similar to an airplane during takeoff and landing. That means the vessel can drive directly into - and out of - the surf, greatly improving emergency response time.

This is really enhancing our program, allowing us a better opportunity to provide services for the citizens in the community of North Myrtle Beach," said Greg Richardson, North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad.

The North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad is a group of volunteers who help with water rescues. They purchased the Ocean Craft Marine amphibious boat through donations and fundraisers.

You're invited to the boat christening, which will be Monday, August 8 at 4 p.m. at the Intracoastal Waterway's 2nd Avenue South boat ramp in North Myrtle Beach.

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