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Man survives plunge into Hawaiian volcano

By T.K. Randall
May 3, 2019 · Comment icon 16 comments

The man was extremely lucky to be alive. Image Credit: US Geological Survey
A visitor to Hawaii's Kilauea volcano got more than he bargained for after climbing over the safety railings.
The 32-year-old soldier, who had scaled the railings at Steaming Bluff overlook to get a better look at the volcano's caldera, lost his footing and plummeted over the edge of the 300ft drop.

His miraculous survival has been attributed to the fact that he happened to land on a tiny 2ft-wide ledge around 70ft down.
A rescue team used ropes, a stretcher and a helicopter to winch the man to safety. He was described as "alive, but seriously injured" by officials however his condition is now believed to be stable.

"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges," said chief ranger John Broward.

"Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death."

Source: Live Science | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
I think it was Anakin.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Goddammit! Your stealing all my snarky remarks before I get to post them! 
Comment icon #9 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
I'm psychic yo.
Comment icon #10 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
Almost another sacrifice for the great God Darwin.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Farmer77 5 years ago
PLEASE tell me someone was recording
Comment icon #12 Posted by Gromdor 5 years ago
No offense, but people who are willing to take a level of risk like that is exactly what the army needs. "Private, I need you to take this grenade, run up through that machine gun fire, and toss it into that bunker!"
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
"And shine your boots when you are done"
Comment icon #14 Posted by Captain Risky 5 years ago
You know Batman fell down a well and became a super hero.  
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
No, he fell.down a well and found a pair of pants and some tights, would not mind, but the pants were not the best fit, 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Risky 5 years ago
It not the strange outfit that’s a concern but the bump to his head that made him wear his undies on the outside that’s concerning. 

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