The US National Park Service said the man, who was visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, climbed past the railing, lost his footing and fell into the Kilauea volcano caldera- the crater formed by previous volcanic activity.
"The man had just climbed over a permanent metal railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook to get closer to the cliff edge", park officials said.
Earlier, at about 6:30 p.m., visitors reported that a man lost his footing and fell from a 300 foot cliff at Kīlauea caldera. He said the ledge where the man was found was about two-feet wide.
He was seriously injured, but survived after falling 70 feet into the volcano's crater. The man was in stable condition on Thursday, according to KGMB.
Rescue crews were able to extract him from the ledge using ropes and a helicopter from the Department of Defense, according to the park.
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The Kilauea volcano erupted previous year, destroying an estimated 700 homes across almost 14 square miles (22 sq/km). "The threat levels indicated in the report refer to how potentially risky specific volcanoes would be if they erupted", Thomas Cawthern, an assistant professor at Salisbury University's Department of Geography and Geosciences, told Newsweek at the time.
"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around risky and destabilized cliff edges", said Chief Ranger John Broward. "Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death".
"Despite this classification, Kilauea remains an active volcano, and it will erupt again", the update said.
The last time a person died in a fall there was October 2017, park officials said.