Big Island man rescued after falling 115 feet

Photo courtesy: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photo courtesy: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Park rangers on Tuesday rescued a man who had been stranded overnight after climbing over a barrier and falling 115 feet down a sheer cliff behind Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, a hiker told park rangers at Kilauea Visitor Center that she heard someone crying for help from the dense vegetation along Halemaumau Trail.

Rangers were able to locate the man, and the park’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator John Broward was lowered by helicopter and pulled him to safety as the sun began to set.

The man was identified as 73-year-old Harry Osachy of Kurtistown.

Osachy is Micronesian and speaks little English, but told rescuers that he had fallen on Monday. The exact time is unknown.

Osachy was transported by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, with injuries to his pelvis and shoulder. He had numerous scrapes and suffered from dehydration.

“Luckily, he landed in a dense thicket of native ‘uluhe fern, which broke his fall,” Broward said.

 

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