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Man Rescued After Falling 60 Feet Down Caldera

Man Rescued After Falling 60 Feet Down Caldera

A man visiting Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano this week was left "seriously injured" after falling from a cliff into the volcano's caldera, officials said Wednesday.

"He climbed over a permanent metal railing at the Steaming Buff overlook to get closer to the cliff edge", a Hawaii Fire Fighters Association spokesperson said on Facebook.

The unidentified man slipped and fell from a 300-foot cliff at the caldera.

Per the NPS news release, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Chief Ranger John Broward said, "Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around unsafe and destabilized cliff edges". He said the ledge where the man was found was about two-feet wide.

The man landed on a ledge below the rim. West Hawaii Today reported a woman fell 250 feet to her death at the base of Steaming Bluff in 2017, while a visitor fell over a stone barrier behind Volcano House and survived in 2013. The man was in stable condition on Thursday, according to KGMB.

The man, who is yet to be identified, was transported to an open area of the park and flown to Hilo Medical Centre, where he was treated for his injuries.

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This is the same volcano that erupted in 2018, destroying 700 homes and spewing enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to the New York Times.

Army officials told KGMB that the man is a Schofield Barracks soldier who was on the Big Island with a unit as part of a training mission.

Kilauea Volcano is one of the worlds most active volcanoes.

The alert level at Kilauea, which is not now erupting, is "green", according to an April 30 update from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around unsafe and destabilised cliff edges", chief ranger John Broward said.