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City worker found dead after being trapped in a tank at Wastewater Treatment Center

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HONOLULU (KITV4) -- A city worker died after being trapped in a tank at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa Beach on Friday, the Honolulu Fire Department said.

HFD and HPD responded to the emergency call at around 10 a.m. regarding a confined space rescue at 91-1000 Geiger Road in Kalaeloa.

Six units, staffed with 26 personnel responded to the call and due to federal rules that apply to confined space rescue, both HazMat units and rescue units were also deployed. 

Upon arrival, HazMat personnel checked the air quality in a tank then determined that it was safe to enter the tank. Rescue personnel then lowered themselves into the tank to recover the victim. 

The person has not yet been identified. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi released a statement saying he "Expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the family in the loss of their loved one and the City mourns the loss of our dedicated City employee." 

The vicimt was transferred to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) at 10:39 a.m. and the case is being classified as an unattended death.

This case is still under investigation.