Four city lifeguard jet ski crews, double the regular deployment, worked overtime to monitor the crowd. They were joined by 14 officers from the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, as well as two Coast Guard patrol boats, state Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison said.
Enforcement officers were asking event-goers to move closer to shore and to moderate alcohol consumption, Dennison said.
California resident and attendee Alex Coresey said he saw 70 to 80 people brought ashore “every couple minutes” by rescuers.
The rescues follow a trend of “floatilla” partygoers being out of control. Last year’s Fourth of July celebration had several people in need of medical attention and last year’s Memorial Day celebration left behind a big mess.