Firefighters rescue homeless man from Kapalama Canal

Firefighters rescue homeless man from Kapalama Canal
Authorities respond to an emergency situation in Kalihi (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - All lanes of Halona Street in Kalihi have been reopened Wednesday morning following an emergency situation involving a homeless man requiring rescue from the nearby Kapalama Canal.

Authorities responded around 4:20 a.m. to a man who was found in the canal under a bridge off Halona Street.

According to a Hawaii News Now crew on scene, the area of the canal where the man was found appeared to be a homeless encampment.

Initial reports were for a stabbing, but police later clarified and said the reportedly drunken and belligerent man actually fell and sliced open his knee.

Several Honolulu firefighters rescued the man by lowering themselves into the canal, stabilizing him and then hoisting him up and over the bridge, where paramedics then took over.

It’s not clear what his current condition is or what led up to the incident.

This story will be updated.

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