Island Palm Communities goes above and beyond to rescue neighborhood kitten, stuck in drainage pipe

| April 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

 

Master Sgt. Jacqueline McIntosh holds her much-loved kitten named "Fighter." (Courtesy photo)

Master Sgt. Jacqueline McIntosh holds her much-loved kitten named “Fighter.” (Courtesy photo)

IPC works against the clock to reunite kittenwith her owner

Island Palm Communities
News Release

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Ingenuity and persistence helped rescue Master Sgt. Jacqueline McIntosh’s 3-week old kitten, Fighter, that fell and slid about 4 feet down a drainage pipe outside her Island Palm Communities (IPC) home.

"Fighter" was a dirty mess when pulled from the drain. (Courtesy photo)

“Fighter” was a dirty mess when pulled from the drain. (Courtesy photo)

McIntosh recounted the initial rescue attempts: “Sgt. Herrera (a U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Military Policeman) came out and tried helping, but we had another failed attempt. Eventually, the fire department came. Four firemen tried their best (and) DPW (the Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works) and a couple other departments stopped by.”

Unfortunately, after several hours and with night approaching rescue efforts were suspended.  IPC Community Manager Joanna Padilla reassured McIntosh she would have someone come out in the morning to help, and everyone involved used the break to come up with alternate strategies to free Fighter.

Dwayne Pakaki, an IPC field supervisor, developed a plan using a specialized sewer camera and vacuum.

“Dwayne showed up with his camera and a vacuum. He inserted the camera into the pipe and realized the cat was further than expected,” said McIntosh.

Overnight, Fighter had slipped nearly 52 feet from the pipe opening.

“That’s when we moved over to the pipe opening by the carport. After inserting the camera into the pipe, we saw the kitten. Mrs. Padilla held the light while Dwayne used the vacuum for suction.  He was very careful and gentle, and (then), there he (Fighter) was – wet and weak, my little Fighter.”

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