Man badly injured after falling into Hawaii volcano crater

Ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater in Hawaii

Hayes said the man fell after climbing over a permanent metal railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better vantage point. He fell 70 feet into the caldera of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The incident happened around 6:30pm Wednesday, park officials said, per NPR.

Fire officials say the caldera floor is more than 300 feet down, but the man fell on a small ledge roughly 60 feet from the top.

The man landed on a ledge below the rim.

On Thursday, the unidentified man's condition was upgraded from critical to stable.

"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around unsafe and destabilized cliff edges", Broward said. "The threat levels indicated in the report refer to how potentially unsafe specific volcanoes would be if they erupted", Thomas Cawthern, an assistant professor at Salisbury University's Department of Geography and Geosciences, told Newsweek at the time.

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

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.

The soldier - whose name has not been released - is from Schofield Barracks on Oahu, but was taking part in training exercises on Hawaii's Big Island when the accident occurred. He warned that crossing safety barriers could result in serious injuries or death. Last year, a series of eruptions at the Kilauea volcano prompted widespread evacuations in the surrounding areas. While not now erupting, Kilauea is considered the most unsafe volcano in the United States.

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

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