Crews reportedly rescued a man Wednesday night after he fell into a volcano in Hawaii.
The man fell off a 300-foot cliff after he climbed over the railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better view of the volcano, according to a report published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The man was found 60-70 feet down on a ledge inside Kilauea volcano’s Halemaumau crater.
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At around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, a visitor reported a man had accidentally fallen into the crater. The unidentified man was found seriously injured on the ledge around 9 p.m. (RELATED: Here’s The Insane Footage Of A Volcano Erupting In Mexico)
The man, who was in his 30s, was transported in critical condition to Hilo Medical Center.
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Rescuers “successfully completed a high-angle extrication using ropes and stokes litter and, with support from a Department of Defense helicopter, the man was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center for urgent care,” the national park released in a statement.
“Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous 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.”
The Kilauea volcano is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world and caused evacuations on the Big Island after the last eruption in May of 2018, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.