I mean, how does one actually fall into a volcano? Seems like something you’d really have to go out of your way to do, but nevertheless, an Army soldier (of all people) actually did it.
According to NBC News, a 32-year-old U.S. Army soldier hopped over the railing of the active volcano to get a closer look, fell in, and survived, authorities said. The soldier, who is based at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, was visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Wednesday when he fell from a 300-foot cliff at Kilauea caldera’s edge after losing his footing.
He landed on a very narrow cliff about 70 feet down where he was eventually able to be rescued and airlifted to a hospital.
As far as falling into an active volcano goes, this has to be best possible outcome. This could’ve gone WAY worse, like, so much worse that falling 70 feet was probably best case scenario the second he lost his footing. Indeed, damn miracle.
The Chief Ranger would also like to take the opportunity to remind you why they have guard rails at the park in the first place…. so people don’t go around falling into active volcanoes.
A 32-year-old soldier has been rescued after he fell almost 70 feet into an active volcano in Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. pic.twitter.com/t3JaIpNEr9