Hawaii volcano: COW in danger rescued by helicopter
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The unidentified 75 year old Hawaiian was from the Hilo area. He was reported missing by his family on Monday.
Rangers and Hawaii County firefighters found his body 100 feet below the crater rim of a viewing area of Kilauea volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes that form Hawaii’s Big Island.
Tourists and locals often visit the Hawaii Volcanoes Park where the accident happened to look at the glowing lava lake from the eruption of a Volcano.
However as Chief Ranger John Broward explained speaking in 2017 it is vital for visitors to follow safety instructions.
He said: “Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges.
“Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death.”
In a statement the National Park Service explained how the man’s body had been located.
“After searching for the man in the darkness, National Park Service rangers and Hawaiʻi County firefighters located the man’s body about 100 feet below the crater rim, west of the Uēkahuna viewing area at the summit of Kīlauea volcano.
“Park rangers, assisted by helicopter, recovered the body around 8 am.”
The NPS said they were conducting an investigation and the man would be identified after relatives had been informed.
However, this is not the first time there has been a tragic accident on the Volcano.
In 2019 a 32 year old man fell 70 feet into Kilauea after stepping over the railing.
Fortunately, Park Rangers and the Fire Department were able to rescue him after three hours.
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He was taken to hospital with severe injuries.
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