Monday, 27 January, 2020


Big Island Man Falls to Death in his Yard

Bennie Garza | 09 November, 2019, 14:44

In truly heartbreaking news, an elderly man has died after falling 7m into a lava tube on his property, 9News reports.

Authorities responded to man's house in Hilo on Monday morning after an acquaintance of the man said he had not been heard from in several days, Hawaii police said.

"It appeared that he had fallen through a soft area of ground into a lava tube on his property", police said Wednesday. Hawaii Fire Department Rescue personnel responded to the scene and were able to repel into the lave tube and extract the victim, whose body was approximately 22 feet below the surface.

Ken Hon, a volcanologist at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, told The Washington Post that it's easier than people may think to fall into a lava tube.

According to Major Robert Wagner from the HPD, the victim fell while he was trying to trim some branches in his yard.

Mr Nishimoto was taken to the Hilo Medical Centre where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police have not released the man's name, pending notification to the family. The death is under investigation and no foul play is suspected, police said.

Lava tubes are natural channels formed beneath the surface when the lava that flowed for hours solidifies on top and sides but remains liquid in the center, forming a tube-like structure.

The hollow core is created when the lava drains away completely.

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