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Few ocean rescues required on Oahu during Independence Day

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                                Tents were pitched with families and friends enjoying the Fourth of July along the shoreline of Waikiki today.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Tents were pitched with families and friends enjoying the Fourth of July along the shoreline of Waikiki today.

Honolulu Ocean Safety officials reported it had to make just over 90 rescues across Oahu during Independence Day.

“The beaches are crowded but for the most part residents are enjoying themselves safely in the ocean,” Shayne Enright, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Services, said late Saturday afternoon. “While Ocean Safety remained busy throughout the day, we appreciate the public’s cooperation and assistance in keeping this holiday weekend safe.”

Of the 92 rescues as of late afternoon, 52 were on eastern shores of Oahu, mostly at Sandy Beach. There were 23 rescues on south shores, 12 on the west shores, and five on the north shores.

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