August 15, 2022


Slick Healthy

Aquapalooza draws more than 1,000 boats, keeps police busy

PORTSMOUTH — Two boats sank. At least two boat operators had been cited for “boating beneath the impact.” Two other revelers had been taken absent for emergency health-related remedy, including a person with a leg damage from a going propeller.

And regulation enforcement handed out more than a dozen citations for boating violations on Saturday throughout an annual party on the h2o that has turn into recognized as “Aquapalooza.”

Harbormaster Bruce Celico mentioned this year’s occasion was the major nevertheless, drawing more than 1,000 boats and Jet Skis.

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“It is certainly an event that carries on to develop, and the probability of a little something critically heading mistaken proceeds to improve as nicely. All things considered, everything went efficiently.”

Primarily based on expertise in earlier yrs, law enforcement was out in force to check out to maintain the function in the waters off Prudence Island a lot more or significantly less underneath management.

A party-goer uses a water jet-pack to get a view of the crowd at Aquapalooza 2020.

Michael Healey, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Section of Environmental Administration, explained the function this way: 

“A bunch of people showing up in the middle of Narragansett Bay and ingesting all day in the scorching sunlight, and Rhode Island taxpayers having to pay tens of thousands of pounds in legislation enforcement prices to avert tragedies resulting from this conduct.

“Who rewards? Only the Aquapalooza boaters,” he claimed.

A lot more:Aquapalooza returns to Prudence Island on July 31. Officials are ‘really dreading it.’