John Doe versus the volcano

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.”

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  1. fillyjonk »

    4 May 2019 · 8:13 am

    I’m glad he’s okay; sometimes when a crust collapses like that the person winds up in a stream of actual lava and in that case, the guy wouldn’t be in the hospital feeling like a doofus for what he did.

    (I have been to the Big Island twice, college “workshop” trips on Hawaiian volcanoes. One of the perks of having a geologist father. And my dad is kind of a cowboy about some things but he was always respectful of the Park Service barricades)

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