Published: Fri, May 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tourist crosses barrier, falls into crater of Kilauea volcano

Tourist crosses barrier, falls into crater of Kilauea volcano

It took rescuers more than two hours to rappel to the "seriously injured" man, who was then extricated around 9:40pm.

He was critically injured in the fall about 6:30 p.m. into the caldera, a cauldron-shaped hollow that forms after a large volume of magma erupts over a short time, officials said. While not now erupting, Kilauea is considered the most risky volcano in the United States. Last year, a series of eruptions at the Kilauea volcano prompted widespread evacuations in the surrounding areas.

"He had crossed over a metal railing to get closer to the cliff edge where he lost his footing and fell in", spokesman Ben Hayes said.

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

On Wednesday evening (May 1), a man plummeted into Hawaii's Kīlauea caldera - and survived.

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The rescue team airlifted him out of the caldera, using ropes; while a Department of Defense helicopter rushed him to Hilo Medical Centre for urgent treatment, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

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

Matthias Kusch, Hawaii County Fire Department battalion chief, told Hawaii News Now that the man is "doing remarkably well for his fall".

In 1985, a geologist was in "satisfactory condition", according to the Los Angeles Times, after falling into thigh deep lava in the Kilauea Volcano.

The rescue came one year after destructive volcanic activity at Kilauea, which erupted on May 3, 2018 and saw lava flowing over the streets of nearby neighbourhoods.

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