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

"He had crossed over a metal railing to get closer to the cliff edge where he lost his footing and fell in", Hayes said. The caldera floor is more than 300 feet down, but the victim fell on a small ledge roughly 60 feet from the top.

Per the NPS news release, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Chief Ranger John Broward said, "Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around risky and destabilized cliff edges". At approximately 9 pm, the man was found alive but seriously injured on a narrow ledge about 70 feet down from the cliff edge.

A man has been injured after he fell into the caldera of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, according to officials.

Lava from Kilauea volcano erupts in the Leilani Estates neighborhood near Pahoa, Hawaii, on July 14, 2018.

The man was initially listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable on Thursday, NPR said.

Ben Hayes, chief of interpretation and education at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, revealed the man was a 32-year-old soldier with the U.S. Army.


The park's chief ranger John Broward told Newsweek that visitors "should never cross safety barriers, especially around risky and destabilized cliff edges".

The man was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center for treatment, the news release said.

Media captionThe Kilauea volcano erupted past year after a series of earthquakes on the island.

"Despite this classification, Kilauea remains an active volcano, and it will erupt again", the update said.

According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, a less fortunate person died in this volcano in October 29, 2017.

Kilauea's Puu Oo cone initially erupted in 1983, and lava has continued to flow since, destroying homes in the '80s, in 1990, and even in 2014, according to the New York Times. He warned that crossing safety barriers could result in serious injuries or death.


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