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Man badly injured after falling into Hawaii volcano crater

May 2, 2019
FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018 file photo provided by the National Park Service shows Halemaumau Crater and Kilauea Caldera at Kilauea volcano's summit inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling 60 to 70 feet into Halemaumau crater on the Big Island. Officials say emergency personnel completed a "high-angle extrication" before a military helicopter airlifted the man in critical condition to Hilo Medical Center. (Janice Wei/National Park Service via AP, File)

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling into a Hawaii volcano crater, authorities said.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers and Hawaii Island fire crews rescued the man Wednesday night after he fell 60 to 70 feet (18 to 21 meters) at Kilauea volcano’s Halemaumau crater on the Big Island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

A military helicopter airlifted the man in critical condition to Hilo Medical Center.

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 visitor reported the fall around 6:30 p.m., park officials said. The man was found more than two hours later seriously injured on a narrow ledge about 70 feet (21 meters) from the edge.

Emergency personnel completed a “high-angle extrication using ropes and stokes litter,” officials said.

“Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges,” Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com