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Boonstock update and gallery
After the second full day of Boonstock Music Festival, the feeling among attendees is positive and reports of injuries are still relatively low.
Saturday was the second full day of Boonstock Music Festival which wraps up Sunday night.
Grace Kucey with Interior Health said in the period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, there were 26 transfers to the emergency room at Penticton Regional Hospital.
"The majority of these are drug and alcohol related," she said. "But dehydration is always a factor."
The hospital is doing well managing the flow of patients, even if they are busy she said. She said she had not heard of any significant health events taking place in this time period.
This is comparable activity to Center of Gravity which saw more than 20 visits from BC Ambulance by Saturday afternoon after it began on the Friday.
Cst Kris Clark spokesperson for the RCMP said there were no serious issues that he had become aware of.
"The general feel of the crowd was quite positive. Very few incidents of violence or fighting.
"The biggest thing was medical distress. Part of that is that it's hot - it's still the South Okanagan in the middle of summer - people not rehydrating themselves properly and plus alcohol or drugs just compounding that issue."
All festivalgoers Castanet spoke to said they were having fun, the major issue always being the dust.
Walking about the grounds on Saturday it seemed evident that RCMP were making more of an effort to be visible and conduct searches in the parking areas.
Clark could not confirm any details of any investigational plans at this point he said. "That info will likely come forward at the end of the event, if it becomes public."
Ok Region Towing reported that so far they have unlocked 71 vehicles, given 18 battery boosts, towed or impounded 14 vehicles (all due to parking in the wrong areas, not intoxication) and performed three vehicle recoveries, including one bus - there were no injuries (see gallery for photo).
They do not have a contract with Boonstock but say they have been busy with its traffic all the same.
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