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'The drainage canal ate my homework'

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:23 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2012

A boy who slid down into a drainage canal in Waipahu to retrieve his homework had to be rescued by firefighters Wednesday after he couldn’t climb back out, a fire department spokesman said.

The boy dropped his homework while crossing a foot bridge over the culvert and slid about 20 feet to the bottom of a steep cement embankment to get it, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig.

HFD workers were sent to the canal next to Waipahu Middle School about 2:10 p.m. after someone called for help for the boy, who is about 12.

Firefighters descended the cement embankment in a harness attached to a rope and helped the boy back to the top. He was out by 2:40 p.m., unhurt.

Seelig said people should stay out of the canal because several streams channel into it before heading out to Pearl Harbor and the tide also pushes water into it.

“It’s very dangerous and could turn into a very tragic situation if there’s a lot of water coming down,” he said.

The boy never got his homework back.

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Living_Large wrote:
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on August 15,2012 | 08:04PM
copperwire9 wrote:
True dat! (And we're all glad the keiki is fine. He'll have a great story to tell at school tomorrow.)
on August 15,2012 | 11:17PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I'm just glad the kid was safe. But don't they teach thinking skills?
on August 15,2012 | 11:38PM
LMO wrote:
Not anymore. They no longer teach critical thinking in school. Only how to pass a certain test. Thank you NCLB!
on August 16,2012 | 01:50AM
mcc wrote:
Don't parents teach their kids to think. Teachers can only teach so much!
on August 16,2012 | 06:44AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Some" parents still bother.
on August 16,2012 | 07:08AM
jprovenza wrote:
No, there is an app for that.
on August 16,2012 | 10:09AM
soundofreason wrote:
on August 16,2012 | 07:58PM
ehbrah wrote:
give credit to the kid for thinking putting value on his homework, and hence, school. Parents need to teach him risks to life however.
on August 16,2012 | 07:45AM
johncdechon wrote:
Did he get a "Letter of Official Certification" from the Fire Department to show his teacher that losing his homework this way was true? ;-)
on August 16,2012 | 08:33AM
walaau808 wrote:
Not too bright on the retrieval...but props for wanting to get his homework!
on August 16,2012 | 10:43AM
poidragon wrote:
If the drainage canal is that dangerous why is it not fenced off or have signage posted to warn the public?
on August 16,2012 | 01:50PM
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