Fortunately, the man was with a group at the time, so the accident was reported immediately and rescue crews were quickly deployed. They managed to reach him a couple hours later with ropes and a helicopter, and airlifted him to a nearby medical center. It's unclear how badly he was injured, but authorities classified his injuries as "serious," according to a spokesperson for the National Park Service.
The Kilauea caldera is a popular sightseeing destination on the island of Hawaii. However, authorities at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adamantly insist that visitors should never go beyond roped off areas.
"Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges,” Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement following the incident, per ABC News. “Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death.”
There's no word yet on whether the unidentified injured man will face charges for his actions, though rangers will reportedly conduct an investigation to determine if he should.