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Soldier Survives 70-Foot Fall Into Active Volcano in Hawaii

He was found on a narrow ledge on a 300-foot cliff and airlifted to a hospital

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    Soldier Survives 70-Foot Fall Into Active Volcano in Hawaii
    Janice Wei/National Park Service via AP, 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.

    A soldier who tried to get a closer look at an active volcano in Hawaii fell 70 feet down a 300-foot cliff on Wednesday but survived, NBC News reported.

    The 32-year-old lost his footing after climbing over a railing at the edge of the Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to a statement from the National Park Services.

    But more than two hours later, he was found on a narrow ledge about 70 feet down. The soldier was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Hilo.

    "Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death," Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement.

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    (Published Saturday, June 2, 2018)