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Son of Honolulu firefighter who died in training files suit

Updated: 
October 27, 2017 - 9:59am

HONOLULU — The son of a Honolulu firefighter who died in training last year has filed a lawsuit against the city.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the son filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of his father, Cliff Rigsbee.

Rigsbee was on a sled being towed by a water rescue craft on June 14 last year, at which point the Honolulu medical examiner says he suffered blunt force injuries to his head and neck, fracturing vertebrae and injuring his spinal cord.

The lawsuit states that Rigsbee was towed over the top of three waves 8 feethigh or taller before the driver turned and saw him floating motionless.

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued the fire department two citations for the incident.

The city did not respond to requests for comment.

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