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Alcohol Blamed For Sandbar Brawl

Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall
Gary Madrid Gary Madrid
Martin Estavillo Martin Estavillo

By Beth Hillyer

KANEOHE BAY (KHNL) - There are calls for more law enforcement following the Labor Day brawl at the Sandbar. A large fight sent several boaters to the hospital.

There were fists flying, heads held underwater, victims slashed with broken beer bottles.

Witness Gregory Marshall is disappointed, "Oh Labor Day's over. Party's over. we had perfectly good clean fun up to now."

Marshall frequents the sandbar, "Every holiday weekend we come out and this is the first time I have ever seen anything like this, first time seen it was a brawl, it was a mob-sized brawl in the water."

Witnesses like Marshall were caught in the middle, "Some friends got cut, some got hit plenty times in the face, some being held underwater. To me that's a big deal."

Three people were hospitalized according to Marshall, "The people that had been hit that needed medical attention were being shuttled off."

Marshall expresses frustration enforcement officers didn't arrest anyone,

"They walked over there I watched, they leaned on some boats. Turned around walked back didn't do nothing."

Boaters like Gary Madrid are still talking about it, "First time I heard of that out there, they should have more enforcement out there."

Martin Estavillo is another boater, "That's the only way get that many people into a brawl, must have had a big gang that's out there. There was security out there even the security wasn't enough."

Windward Oahu Senator Clayton Hee supports tougher laws at the sandbar.

"The fish and game people advised me last night the laws don't have teeth governing the overindulgence of alcohol on public places in the ocean like the laws that govern alcohol at places like Ala Moana Beach or Diamond Head Crater ."

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