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Two juveniles treated for alcohol poisoning during Waikiki flotilla

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla.

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla.

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla.

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla.

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

    State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla.

Two juveniles were taken to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, and about 300 people were assisted by state enforcement officers during the Fourth of July Waikiki flotilla, or Floatopia.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel conducting safety patrols said an estimated 1,000 people on boats, stand-up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, mattresses and other floating devices participated in the day’s events.

In one incident, officers from the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) reported escorting a boat full of young people to the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor after they were spotted drinking, and also didn’t have current registration and required safety gear. The operator of the boat was cited for three violations and the boat was impounded, DOCARE said in a press release.

“This boat was an accident waiting to happen,” said Guy Chang, the DOCARE Oahu Branch Chief. “You mix alcohol, with boating, sun exposure and the lack of safe operations and equipment and it’s probably only a matter of time before someone would have gotten hurt.”

An overloaded catamaran in the flotilla was ordered to return to its slip at Kewalo Basin. Officers said the vessel was riding low in the water and estimated at least 50 people were onboard.

Volunteers from the non-profit, Sustainable Coastlines, operating off a boat on the edge of the flotilla were picking up rubbish from the ocean and encouraging participants to clean up after themselves, the state said.

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