Man Who Fell Into Volcano Caldera Was Enlisted Soldier, Officials Say

Cheryl Sanders
May 3, 2019

"Luckily, one of our dog-loving rangers was nearby, and she rescued Kane quickly", a Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park spokesperson said on Facebook.

A man miraculously survived a plunge into Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano after he lost his footing along a 300-foot cliff, according to reports. The man was found 60-70 feet down on a ledge inside Kilauea volcano's Halemaumau crater.

An official at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park told Big Island Video News that the man was seen falling into the caldera at 6:30 p.m. local time.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, park officials believed that the unidentified man in his 30s had wanted to get a better look at the volcano, and had climbed over a metal safety railing to do so.

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

Once back on top, the man was transported in critical condition to the Hilo Medical Center aboard a military blackhawk aircraft.

The rescuers "successfully completed a high-angle extrication using ropes and stokes litter", according to a news release from the national park. He was rescued several hours later and was airlifted to hospital for "urgent medical care".

Kilauea is not now erupting, and its alert level is now "green", an update from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said on April 30.

The last fall fatality in the park occurred on October 29, 2017.

The eruption sequence that began last May was the most destructive in recent memory, spewing 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of lava across 13.7 square miles of the island, according to a study published past year in the journal Science.

Kilauea is not now erupting, the U.S. Geological Survey said in its weekly report from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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