Guy Tumbles 800 Feet Into Volcano, Then Stands

Unidentified male airlifted from Oregon's Crater Lake
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
Guy Tumbles 800 Feet Into Volcano, Then Stands
This Monday photo shows an aerial view of the caldera of Crater Lake National Park near Rim Village.   (US Coast Guard)

An Oregon man has survived a reported 800-foot fall into a sleeping volcano's caldera. The man, whose name hasn't been released, fell from the caldera's rim at Crater Lake National Park before the Coast Guard was alerted shortly before 4pm Monday. A rescue team had by then descended 600 feet into the crater, but though officials could hear the man yelling for help, they were unable to reach him, per CBS News. Luckily, a helicopter "was hovering above the injured man within 15 minutes of arriving on scene" around 4:30pm, the Coast Guard said in a statement, per ABC News.

The aircrew "conducted the hoist before landing in a nearby parking lot and transferring the injured man to the AirLink helicopter crew." He was taken to Bend for treatment, according to the Coast Guard, which didn't comment on the man's injuries other than to say he was able to walk, per CBS. The man isn't the first to tumble into the crater. "A few times every year, visitors get too close and fall, often resulting in severe injury or death," Crater Lake said in a May statement, noting "rocks and snow near the edge of the caldera are unstable and may give way without warning." The park's latest advice: "Don't get too close." (The same thing happened last month in Hawaii.)

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