HAWAII ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – A man was critically injured late Wednesday after he had climbed a railing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and fallen 70 feet from the caldera of Kilauea volcano. The man fell on the ground About 70 meters deep and landed on a narrow ledge. (Source: Hawaii News Now)
The man in his thirties was pulled out of the caldera around 9:40 pm.
Ben Hayes, deputy park spokesman and chief of interpretation, said another visitor saw the man from the 300-foot cliff at about 6:30 pm and immediately alerted the authorities.
Hayes said the man had fallen after climbing the Steaming Bluff over a permanent metal railing to get a better vantage point. At this point, the ground under him apparently gave way.
Remarkably, the man did not fall to the bottom of the caldera, but plummeted about 70 feet and landed on a narrow ledge.
Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement:] "Visitors should never cross security barriers, especially on dangerous and destabilized rocky edges. Exceeding safety barriers and entering closed areas can cause serious injury and death.
Matthias Busch, battalion chief of the Hawaiian Fire Brigade battalion, said the rescuers could abseil down to the man, lay him on a stretcher and bring him back up
He was flown to Hilo Medical Center.
"Obviously, he is doing surprisingly well for his fall. Only time will tell what injuries he has, "added Kush.
Several paramedics from the park and district cooperated in the rescue operations. Nightfall and windy conditions challenged the rescue.
"Conditions are a factor for our team tonight," Hayes said.
"Very dark, however, they are very well trained, especially in the search and rescue High Angle rescues, as if we are working right now."
The last fall in the park was on October 29, 201
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