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Emergency calls way up in 2021

Emergency rescue calls this year are already exceeding numbers from all of last year, as more people crowd roads, beaches and hiking trails, police said.

During the pandemic shutdown last year, there were 224 rescue calls for incidents such as drownings, mountain rescues, ocean rescues and swift-water rescues, visitor-orienting policing officer Kenneth Carroll said Friday during Mayor Michael Victorino’s news conference.

Through Tuesday, he said there have been 370 rescue calls this year for a 65 percent increase.

Carroll reminded people to pay attention to weather forecasts and alerts and to remain on marked trails and paths when hiking.

“As the economy returns to normal and the usage of our roads, beaches and hiking trails increase, we ask everyone — residents and visitors — to be mindful while enjoying the outdoors,” Carroll said.

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