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Booze, wind stir up chaotic ‘floatilla’

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A lifeguard and emergency personnel tended to an injured man Tuesday beneath a lifeguard stand in Waikiki.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jet skis ran back and forth from the beach in Waikiki to the “floatilla” offshore, hauling participants who were injured, exhausted, drunk or a combination of the three.

City paramedics and emergency medical technicians treated more than 20 people, 10 of whom were sent to emergency rooms in serious or critical condition Tuesday, during the annual — and often chaotic — Independence Day “floatilla” off Waikiki Beach. Read more

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