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Police and Fire

For Sunday, November 20, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:02 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2011



Coast Guard ends search for missing surfer

The Coast Guard ended its search for missing surfer Robert Rumburg on Friday.

Rumburg, 51, from Arvada, Colo., was reported missing near Sunset Beach on Wednesday evening. His board was recovered near Rocky Point.

"I would like to pass along our deepest sympathies to the Rumburg family," Coast Guard Cmdr. Steven Wheeler, Honolulu search and rescue mission coordinator, said in a news release issued Saturday. "The decision to suspend is never easily made. We've taken all of our search data, including the probability of survival, and ultimately made the difficult decision to suspend, pending any new developments."

The Coast Guard search spanned 10 miles west of Kaena Point to 29 miles east of Kahuku Point, extending offshore by about 40 miles. The total search area was 3,155 square miles.

Involved in the search were a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane, an HC-130 Hercules airplane and the Coast Guard cutter Ahi.

The fire department also assisted in the search, using a rescue boat, helicopter, jet ski, divers and shoreline personnel.

While the search has been suspended, the Coast Guard still encourages anyone with information about Rumburg to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 842-2600.

Worker rescued after falling into cesspool

A man in his 50s was unharmed Friday after falling about 15 feet into a cesspool, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters were dispatched to Hulupala Place in Kaneohe about 2:30 p.m. and got the man out by 3:50 p.m., said Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig. The man was working for a company that was hired to pump out sludge from the pit before it was filled in.

The cesspool cap collapsed while the man was standing on top, Seelig said.

"He fell in, too, but he fell on top of the rocks," Seelig said.

The man's leg was buried up to his hip in rubble from the concrete cap and he couldn't get out on his own. A firefighter went down with a shovel and freed the man before firefighters placed him into a harness and lifted him out.






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