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Officials seek to rein in future ‘floatilla’

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, people hauled a float ashore during the July Fourth “floatilla” Tuesday in Waikiki and lifeguards used rescue watercraft to make several runs transporting intoxicated and injured people back to shore. The Coast Guard recovered more than 100 abandoned inflatables.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Emergency Medical Services district chief Colin Wong, left, talks with Rep. Kaniela Ing Wednesday in front of the Waikiki police substation after they held a news conference about efforts to curb unsafe ocean activities.

The chairman of the state House committee that oversees ocean resources said he will explore possible legislation to control the kind of unsafe activities that sent people to hospitals with alcohol intoxication during a Fourth of July “floatilla” off Waikiki. Read more

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