Soldier Survives 70-Foot Fall Into Active Volcano in Hawaii
He was found on a narrow ledge on a 300-foot cliff and airlifted to a hospital
Published May 3, 2019 at 6:31 AM | Updated at 5:05 PM CDT on May 3, 2019
A soldier who tried to get a closer look at an active volcano in Hawaii fell 70 feet down a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday but survived, NBC News reported.
The 32-year-old lost his footing after climbing over a railing at the edge of the Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to a statement from the National Park Services.
But more than two hours later, he was found on a narrow ledge about 70 feet down. The soldier was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Hilo.
"Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death," Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement.