HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A veteran firefighter has died following a rough water training accident off Diamond Head.
The Honolulu Fire Department says 63-year-old Clifford Rigsbee died on June 16th.
On Tuesday, Rigsbee and another firefighter were apparently training on Jet Skis in rough surf at about 10:45 a.m.
Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said that Rigsbee was on the Jet Ski's "sled" as an attendant. That's when the operator looked back and noticed Rigsbee was unconscious in the water.
An off-duty firefighter who was nearby helped to bring the two firefighters to shore.
Paramedics treated Rigsbee and transported him to Straub Hospital in critical condition.
The two worked at the Waikiki fire station.
Rigsbee joined the Honolulu Fire Department in 1995 and was promoted to Firefighter III in 2004. He was also a well-known and nationally-ranked triathlete who won several Tinman Triathlon competitions.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.