Man rescued after falling into Hawaii volcano crater
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National Park Service officials this week rescued a man who fell into the caldera of Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano.

The agency said that on Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. local time, visitors reported that a man had lost his footing at the edge of a 300-foot cliff after climbing over a metal railing. He plunged at least 70 feet and was found alive but seriously injured around 9 p.m.


Rescue efforts included a helicopter operated by the Department of Defense, according to the Park Service. The man, whose identity was not released, was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center.

“Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges,” Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement. “Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death."

The most recent fatality from a fall at the park occurred in October 2017, the Park Service said.

Hawaii County Fire Department battalion chief Matthias Kusch told Hawaii News Now that the man involved in the incident is a U.S. service member stationed at Schofield Barracks.

“He obviously is doing remarkably well for his fall. Only time will tell what injuries he has,” Kusch said.