HFD Rescues Man From Volcano Caldera

Visitor rescued after falling into caldera of Hawaii volcano

A view from the Kīlauea overlook at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii last year

A man was left with serious injuries when he fell into a Hawaiian volcano after climbing over a railing for a better view.

A tourist visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has lost his footing and fallen into the crater of the Kilauea volcano.

A man survived a 70-foot fall into one of the most active volcanoes on Earth on Wednesday after he climbed over a metal guardrail at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, authorities said.

A USA soldier in Hawaii was critically injured after he fell 70ft (21 metres) into one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, parks officials say.

In light of the rescue, park rangers reminded visitors to stay behind safety barriers, warning that failing to do so could result in death.

The man, a soldier posted at the Army's Schofield Barracks, was in the area for a training mission.

"Monitoring data over the past eight months have shown relatively low rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas emission at the summit and East Rift Zone including the area of the 2018 eruption", it said.

A volcano eruption in Hawaii last May.

Steaming Bluff overlook at Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island.

"He obviously is doing remarkably well for his fall", Hawaii County Fire Department battalion chief Matthias Kusch told Hawaii News Now. The volcano is the most active of the five in Hawaii, and has been erupting since the 1980s.

The rescuers pulled off a challenging, albeit successful high-angle rescue, rappelling down to the man and lifting him from the narrow ledge using ropes and a stokes litter.

Upon arrival, a HVNP Ranger on the scene said a male party in his 30s went over the railing at the edge of the caldera when the ground gave way and he fell down the face of the cliff.

Kilauea dominated headlines last summer, when it spewed lava, ash and "vog"-a risky mix of water, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide-during a period of intense activity".

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