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I agree that remove and replace the section is the answer. Be sure to slip a piece of pipe (usually 1/2 EMT conduit) inside the replaced section and use something like J B Weld inside the splice so there is strength to take the load of climbing up.
Dunno how big/heavy you are but aside from the raather lean and flexible types I'd be leery of using the ladder for roof access. This is why I recently got a Werner folding 13' extension ladder (300#). which now lives attached to the body ladder along with the bicycle that should be getting used more. Food for thought.
As to the repair... I happened to have a couple of 1/2" rod couplings handy when I needed them and along with a bit of ductseal to hold them still while I did the drill and screw thing... they are working out just fine. Of course I don't actally get up on the ladder.