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NHSO: Increased presence helped at Masonboro Island


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's says an increased law enforcement presence helped deal with the often rowdy crows at Masonboro Island yesterday.

The Sheriff's Office estimates there were about 2,300 people on Masonboro Island with more than 200 boats in the water. Deputies say with efficient manpower on the island they were able to observe and deter several incidents that involved alcohol before the situation deteriorated.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says officers from the several agencies involved focused on educating the revelers with warnings when possible instead of always issuing citations.

In all, NHSO says the law enforcement response included:

Medical assistance: 32 total with four serious lacerations but deemed non-critical
Alcohol: 93 verbal warnings
Boating careless and reckless: 5 verbal warnings
Illegal boating taxi service: 2 verbal warnings
Unleashed pets: 5 civil warnings
Disorderly conduct (domestic arguments boyfriend/girlfriend): 10 verbal warnings
22 general assists: too intoxicated to remain on the island

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