10 hospitalized, one in critical condition, during Fourth of July ‘floatilla’ off Waikiki

Photo: Department of Land and Natural Resources

What started off as a quiet Fourth of July holiday turned into one of the most dangerous off Waikiki, according to lifeguards.

An Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman confirmed a 19-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition due to intoxication.

Nine others were also rushed to the emergency room. Officials say they ranged in age from 17 to 26, and suffered from intoxication and injuries related to alcohol. They were all listed in serious condition.

At least 10 more were treated at the scene.

EMS and the city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services responded with multiple other agencies, including the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, during the annual Independence Day “floatilla.”

Crews patrolled the waters as an estimated 8,000-10,000 people spent the day in motorized boats and blow-up water toys.

While the floating party was largely safe and incident-free during the beginning of the day, EMS says by 2 p.m., one emergency medical call after another came in, and hundreds ultimately needed rescue.

Lifeguards stayed overtime until 7:30 p.m.

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