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Tourist Falls 70 Feet Into Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

The man survived the fall into the caldera of the volcano, says the National Park Service.

HILO, HI --  A tourist in Hawaii is recovering after falling into a volcano. 

A National Park Service spokesman said authorities in Hawaii got a call Wednesday night that a man had fallen into the Kilauea Volcano. 

The man, identified as a 32-year-old active-duty soldier, went to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park had reportedly climbed past the metal railing, lost his footing and fell into the caldera of the volcano. 

Park officials immediately launched a search and rescue operation and found the man perched on a narrow ledge 70 feet from the edge of the crater.

The man was seriously injured, and was airlifted to a hospital.

(Photo by Janice Wei/National Park Service) 

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