Police: Large Fight Breaks Out Among Island Belle Passengers In Norwalk

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Police said a fight broke out between hundreds of passengers of the Island Belle after the boat docked in Norwalk Saturday morning.
Police said a fight broke out between hundreds of passengers of the Island Belle after the boat docked in Norwalk Saturday morning. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police broke up a large fight involving a big crowd of people who were departing the Island Belle ferry after a party cruise early Saturday, according to police.

It took the entire shift of officers on duty to break up the fight, which was reported at 3:13 a.m. Saturday, police said.

A 911 call from the boat's security team reported that a large group of people was fighting in the parking lot of Veterans Park, where the boat docks, according to police reports.

Several hundred people were involved in the fight, police said. The fighting eventually broke into about 10 smaller fights and security personnel were unable to handle it, police said.

As officers arrived, people began fleeing when they heard the sirens, according to police reports. No one was arrested in the incident.

This is the second large fight among passengers of the boat in recent months. In late June, police were called to break up a fight that occurred on the boat and in the parking lot after it docked. Nobody was arrested in that incident.

Last week, a Bridgeport man was detained and arrested after police said he tried to bring a gun onto the boat.

"We are working with the mayor's office and the Norwalk Parks and Recreation to put an end to these types of events," said Sgt. Terry Blake, a police spokesman.

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"It took the entire shift of officers on duty to break up the fight," This tells me we are hiring the wrong children as cops.

We can end it by telling the Island Belle to hit the road, or at least pay the city for the costs incurred by having the entire shift tied up for an hour or so. The dock at Vets is a VISITORS dock, not a commercial venue anyway. As far as the Mayor, he's a political hack and we got what we deserved by electing him. He milked us for decades, retired, moved out of town & now gets to milk us some more.

Ken
Just one correction with your post.
Rilling as far as I know has always lived in Norwalk

What I find odd is the crime and the drinking after closing in Norwalk that transpired this weekend never made it to the news that was on land.With any luck the owner of the boat will start video taping bar closing in Sono that will eliminate any meetings Rilling wants.

State Liquor Control Commission has an offense to deal with here in Norwalk on land lets see how the Mayor handles that.I smell task force.

What is it with these uncivilized groups that seem to board this boat? Highly unusual adult behavior, really shocking.