Perhaps it’s better if we don’t know this fellow’s name:
A 32-year-old soldier, straining to get a better view of the inside of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, was seriously injured after he fell from a 300-foot-high cliff into the volcano crater.
According to a parks spokesman, the man climbed over a metal guardrail to get a better vantage point. Then the ground beneath him collapsed.
Army officials say the man is a soldier from Schofield Barracks, on the island of Oahu, and was on Hawaii’s Big Island for training exercises. An eyewitness saw the man fall into the volcano around 6:30 p.m. and immediately notified authorities.
Rescue workers were able to rappel down the inside of the volcano, where they found the man on a ledge 70 feet below the rim. They attached him to a stretcher and airlifted him out of the crater, with the help of a military helicopter.
For now, of course, he’s properly horrified. Twenty years from now, one of the kids will pop up an image of Kilauea on a ViewMaster 2100, and he’ll shrug: “Been there, done that.”