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DLNR News Release-DOCARE Officers Help Save Sunken Truck, Jan. 18, 2019

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in Latest Department News

(Honolulu) – While attempting to either launch or retrieve a jet ski at the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor ramp last Saturday (Jan. 12, 2019) the driver of a truck, towing a ski trailer, jumped out to get help when his vehicle began slipping down the ramp. By the time he got to the parking lot, both truck and trailer were completely submerged.

Three DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers on the scene immediately went into action and helped the driver pull his truck out of the water.  Officers James Covell, Al LaGunte and Richard Pu‘u spent about 20-minutes “roping” the truck with tow straps and helped get it back onto safe ground.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.

DOCARE Enforcement Chief Jason Redulla commented, “Hawai‘i’s conservation officers are responsible for enforcing our natural and cultural resources laws and rules, but they also have public service and community education, very much in their job descriptions.  We’re happy no one got hurt and feel badly about the driver’s flooded truck.”

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Photographs attached: (Courtesy: DLNR)

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