Man falls from cliff into Kilauea volcano's caldera, officials say

Visitor rescued after falling into caldera of Hawaii volcano

The man, who was not named and is in his 30s, climbed over a metal railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook before falling from a 300-foot (91-meter) cliff.

A United States soldier in Hawaii was critically injured after he fell 70ft (21 metres) into one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, parks officials say.

Park rangers and rescue workers from Hawaii County Fire Department said they did not locate him until around 9 p.m., when they found him lying on a narrow ledge below the edge of the cliff.

More details have emerged about a man who on Wednesday fell into America's most risky volcano -the Kilauea Volcano caldera-and survived.

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.

Kīlauea is the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii.

Hayes stressed, "visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially near the caldera's ridge".

The soldier's condition was later upgraded to stable, according to Lt. Curtis J. Kellogg, public affairs officer for the 25th Infantry Division.

The 32-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was on the Big Island as part of a training mission, Army officials told Hawaii News Now.

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

Last year, several eruptions at the volcano prompted widespread evacuations in the surrounding areas. However, the volcano now has "relatively low low rates of seismicity, deformation, and gas emission", according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report from Tuesday. He warned that crossing safety barriers could result in serious injuries or death.

In October, Kilauea topped the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) latest version of its "National Volcanic Threat Assessment": a list of America's most risky volcanoes.



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